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Still using Windows 7?

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on 14 January 2020.  But how does this affect you?  After January 14 your PC will no longer receive  security updates and Microsoft will not provide technical support. You can read more on Microsoft software’s life cycle on their site.

Therefore, it’s important to upgrade to Windows 10, an operating system which can provide the latest security updates to keep your data safe.

Upgrades from Windows 7 & 8.1 to Windows 10 will be free for staff. To request this upgrade, please log a request on the ICT Partner Portal (Select Get Desktop/laptop support) Please include the following information in the request:

  • the computer’s asset number
  • contact number
  • building name
  • room number

An IT technician will contact you as soon as the computer’s specifications have been checked. Older equipment may need components for the upgrade and this will be for the account of the department. There might also be a possibility that very old equipment will not be able to be upgraded due to hardware limitations.

IT will do the following without charge:

  1. Upgrade the operating system from Windows 7 & 8.1 to Windows 10

You will have to pay for:

  1. Backups of all data.
  2. Hardware components necessary for the upgrade to Windows 10

If IT is requested to backup data, the cost will be as follow:

Less than 15GB – R1230-00
More than 15GB – R2120-00

Relevant articles on the end of Windows 7:

Windows 8 – really a better option?

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Launched in October of 2012, the latest version of Windows showcases what seems to be a full re-design of what we have come accustomed to. However, upon closer inspection one could easily find a fair amount of resemblance to Windows 7.

Windows 8 has seen Microsoft take a radical new approach to Touch Screen enabled computers/devices.  For the first time ever, the operating system features an application store, similar to what one might find on Apple Mac devices/computers and Android devices. The store allows the downloading of (free and licensed) software/applications via the portal hosted by Microsoft. The operating system also features a new look, boasting “live” tiles on its Home Screen. These tiles can be linked to contacts, or your contact’s Facebook status, to the latest news, or weather forecasts, and many more.

Still, with its entire prowess, one must understand that the operating system is still very immature in the sense of security and vulnerability. Windows 7 offers a vastly more stable and secure solution at this present moment, mostly because it’s been around for longer, and that it has gone through the baby steps . It has had several updates, security- & hotfixes, as well as a Service Pack. These updates all contribute to a more secure and stable operating system.

It is this reason that compels IT to still choose Windows 7 as our supported operating system – used campus-wide. Thus, we roll out all new computers with Windows 7 installed. Any PC/device that is work-related, will either be upgraded (older Win XP PC’s) OR downgraded (some new PC’s ship with Windows 8) to Windows 7 with Service Pack 1.

*** Side note

The IT team is already testing Windows 8 and its customisations for future use on campus. This is a tedious task, necessary to facilitate a secure and trusted environment for all our colleagues.

(INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY TIAN PETERSEN)

 

 

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