Prepare Now for Windows 7 End of Life in January 2020

If you have systems (desktops or laptops) with hardware that can only support Windows 7, plan now to replace the systems in FY18 or FY19.  The IT Division is currently recommending Windows 10 for rebuilds. Starting in FY19, the IT Division will no longer install Windows 7 on new or existing systems. All builds and rebuilds will be Windows 10 only.

In general, all systems older than 2012 should be excessed. For systems with newer hardware, the IT Division recommends the following as the minimum requirements to rebuild your system to Windows 10.

  •          i5 Processor
  •          4GB RAM, but 8GB recommended
  •          128GB hard drive
  •          Must have trusted platform module (TPM)
  •          Must support Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)
  •          Must support Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)

Since Dell is our primary source for systems, you may refer to their webpage for Dell computers tested for Windows 10. This webpage contains model numbers for all Dell systems that have been tested for Windows 10. On their site, Dell explicitly states, “If your device is not listed in the tables below, Dell is not testing the device and drivers will not be updated for that model.” If drivers do not exist, then the IT Division will not be able to rebuild your system to Windows 10 and should be replaced.

All lab-managed systems running Windows 7 after the EOL date will be blocked from the network. If you have questions or concerns about what this announcement means for systems within your division, contact the IT Division Help Desk for more information.