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No Windows 7

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems on January 14, 2020.


What does this mean?

After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical assistance for the Windows 7 operating system. Therefore, it's important that you upgrade to Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. This does not mean your Windows 7 computer will stop functioning; it will continue to function but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.


What is DECS doing?

On January 15, 2020, DECS will block all Windows 7 computers from accessing the network, with no exceptions. All Windows 7 computers, whether it be a physical computer or a virtual machine, will lose access to local network resources and the Internet.


How do I know if my computer is running Windows 7?

Please reference either of the below websites to aid in identifying your version of Windows.

Please contact the DECS Support Office if you need additional assistance in identifying or confirming your version of Windows.


What should I do if my computer is running Windows 7?

If your computer is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, please contact the DECS Support Office to schedule an upgrade to Windows 10 or to discuss additional options.

We understand that situations exist where an upgrade from Windows 7 is not possible or is problematic; such as an embedded computer in specialized research equipment or older hardware that will not support Windows 10. We can assist in developing a solution that will facilitate continued research without compromising security.


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