Information Services > Services > Computers > Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade
Microsoft has announced the end of extended support for Windows 7. As a result, after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer release security patches for Windows 7; all DePaul-owned computers MUST BE upgraded before this date. Computers still running Windows 7 after this date will not be allowed on the DePaul network.
Windows 10 offers several improvements over Windows 7, some of which are listed below. Most importantly, only Windows 10 will receive Microsoft's latest content releases. As of January 13th, 2015, Windows 7 only receives security updates, which do not include new features.
The Upgrade Wizard's design incorporates methods for retaining data stored on your computer's hard drive. You do not need to take any action for data presently stored on the University's U: drive or Box.
Most modern applications are compatible with Windows 10. You can find more information on specific applications by searching for them on Microsoft's compatibility website. Certain applications, like Office, will be updated during the upgrade. If you have the DePaul VPN client installed, it will need to be uninstalled before the upgrade and installed again after the upgrade is complete.
Office add-ins will need to be reinstalled after the upgrade process.
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 visit the Windows 10 requirements webpage, in conjunction with the support pages for software and devices you use, to determine whether any compatibility issues exist with your current computing environment.