On 10th January 2023, all remaining Windows 7 computers will be taken off the University of Reading network.
This is to protect us and you from cyber attacks. Windows 7 is “end of life”, and will not receive any future security updates from Microsoft.
Windows 7 End of Life
End of Life (EOL), in software terms, means that a company no longer supports, updates, or patches that piece of software. Windows 7 End of Life date is 10th January 2023. We have already had an extension to the published EOL (14-01-20), and there is no possibility that Microsoft will extend this further.
What if I have Windows 7?
There should be very few computers left running Windows 7 in the University.
Windows 10 has been the default operating system in the University since 2019, and in that year there was a project to upgrade all staff devices to Windows 10. DTS have contacted everyone who requested to remain on Windows 7, and our Specialist Engineers have worked with them to test their equipment on Windows 10. In a handful of cases this doesn’t work so that device will stay on Windows 7, but separated from the University network and the internet.
How do I know?
To check your operating system, follow these instructions: Which version of Windows do I have?
What should I do if I am using a Windows 7 computer?
If you haven’t been contacted by us about your Windows 7 device, please raise a ticket as soon as possible with the IT Service Desk.
Can I stay on Windows 7?
Every Windows 7 device represents a significant risk and, for this reason, continued use of Windows 7 must be approved by DTS. DTS maintains a record of all Windows 7 devices.
If you wish to continue running a Windows 7 PC after 10th January 2023, it will be as a standalone machine without connection to any network.
- You will not be able to access University file shares or research data storage
- You will not be able to access the internet through a wired connection on campus
- You will be vulnerable to cyber attacks (if you access the internet via another means)
- We will be unable to support you if anything goes wrong
Contact and further information
Please follow these links for more detailed information:
- DTS Patch Management Policy – your responsibility to keep software up to date
- Windows 7 End of Life announcement – official Microsoft information
If you have any questions or need any advice, please contact the IT Service Desk.