Upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10
Microsoft has announced that they will "end of life" Windows 7 in January 2020, meaning they will stop releasing security updates for this operating system. When that happens, Windows 7 will become a security vulnerability, and Network Services will block Windows 7 computers from accessing the Dartmouth network, as they did with Windows XP.
We recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 if you can. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns, or to start the upgrade process on any Windows 7 machines you have.
When upgrading from Windows 7 to 10, there are a few options to choose from, and several optional steps that might be useful in easing the transition. The two basic options are:
- Wipe the machine and install a clean copy of Windows 10.
- start from a clean slate
- much less likely to encounter bugs with drivers or applications you run on the machine
- Have to reinstall any apps you want, besides the standard suite that comes on all Thayer machines (Office, PDF reader, browsers)
- can be somewhat time consuming, if there are a lot of applications and data is stored locally
- Upgrade directly from 7 to 10 without wiping the machine.
- keeps all your apps and documents in the same place.
- may not work at all, depending on applications/drivers installed
- applications may not function properly
- there could be driver issues
- time savings may be nullified by the time it takes to debug these issues
Steps we can help you with to make the transition easier
- Move all data you can to Google Drive/Thayer Shares
- Account for all application licenses
- Acquire device drivers for instruments