Dates to Know
January 14, 2020: Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.
What Do I Need to Do?
This initiative is looking at the computers obtained through and serviced by University Technology.
Students running Windows 7, or employees running Windows 7 on a personal computer, can get more information about their options on Microsoft's site.
Not sure what version of Windows you are using? Press the Windows logo key + R, type winver in the Open box, and then select OK.
Back Up Your Files
Best practice is to always maintain a copy of your files in multiple places on different types of storage. Please check our Storage Options and Backing Up Your Data page for more information.
Schedule An Appointment
We would like to visit your office during one of the time slots available on this calendar*. You will see a view of the current week, with both your schedule and any available appointments visible. Click on the appointment that works best for you, using the arrows to look at different weeks if needed; add your office location and computer's serial number to the appointment, and click Save. This will reserve your time, and will put the event on your Google calendar (with the links in the description).
These appointments are two hours in length. We don’t expect the process to take this long, but want to set aside the time in case there are any surprises (as there often are with technology!).
*Please visit the calendar while logged in to your Drew account.
You can bring your computer to the Helpdesk, on the main floor of the Library, during any of our open hours to have Windows 10 installed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is This Important?
After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it's important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-will-end-on-january-14-2020
Computers running older versions of Windows are more vulnerable to ransomware. To protect Drew University and our community's data, we need to move our computers to Windows 10.
Will You Delete My Files?
We have a method of installing Windows 10 that does not delete your files. However, this method will not work on all computers, so we ask that you make a copy of your files just in case.
Moreover, we would prefer to work with you to schedule your upgrade and to avoid any loss of data. However, the security of the campus community may necessitate upgrading your computer at a time that is inconvenient for you. Please respond to any directed messaging we send you to avoid this scenario.
Will This Old Computer Run Windows 10?
If you are not sure that a computer in your department can run Windows 10, please email email@example.com with the computer name or serial number and its location. We can check if it meets requirements and let you know recommended next steps.