Windows 7 to Windows 10 FAQ
Microsoft has announced the end of support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. All Rice-owned computers must be upgraded before this date because Microsoft will no longer release security patches after January 14, 2020. Computers still running Windows 7 after this date will no longer be supported by the Office of Information Technology. To prepare for this, Office of Information will offer Rice University users the ability to upgrade their Rice-owned Windows 7 computers to Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. New computers will have Windows 10 installed by default.
Windows 10 offer improvements over Windows 7. Some of these are listed below. Additionally, Windows 10 will receive the latest Microsoft content releases. Whereas, Windows 7 discontinued new content releases as of January 13, 2015.
- Improved performance with quicker boot up time
- Microsoft Edge (Microsoft's new browser)
- Intelligent security
- Multiple desktops
- Your machine must be a member of the Rice Active Directory (ADRICE)
- If you are uncertain, contact the Help Desk to schedule a Support Specialist to facilitate the readiness process.
- Upon completion of this process, the Support Specialist will kick-start the Self-service Windows upgrade or you can perform the self-service upgrade at your earliest convenience after the readiness process has been taken care of .
Most modern applications, such as Microsoft Office, are compatible with Windows 10. Self-service upgrade such as Microsoft Office 2016 will eventually be available in the Software Center.
Current Windows 7-compatible software and devices may not have support for Windows 10. Completing a pre-upgrade compatibility assessment is vital to a seamless upgrade process. Please consult the support webpages for any specialized software applications and devices you use, to determine whether any compatibility issues exist with the Windows 10 operating system.
Office add-ins will need to be reinstalled.