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Windows 10

What is Windows 10?

Windows 10 is the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Why are we upgrading?

Microsoft have announced that they will stop support for Windows 7 in January 2020 which means that they will no longer provide vital security updates or bug/feature patches for it.

As Windows 7 is still the main operating system used at the University, we need to upgrade all our Windows 7 computers to Windows 10 before 2020. We will be doing this with a phased rollout up until that point.

As well as reducing the risk to the University if we were to keep using older operating systems, this upgrade provides the opportunity for the University to improve the user experience and to reduce some of the costs of running multiple operating systems.

Benefits of windows 10

Benefits include:

  • Reduced support testing and support costs
  • Improved switch on and login times
  • New features available in Windows 10 and Office 2016 such as improved functionality to collaborate with other people and make use of Office 365 features like OneDrive for Business.
  • Start menu - similar to previous versions of Windows

Upgrade rollout plan

New Staff PCs: From Tuesday 17th July all new PCs purchased for staff members will come with Windows 10 installed as its Operating System (unless specifically requested otherwise).

Computer Labs: Over the next months we will be continuing with the phased rollout of windows 10 in labs. You can view the schedule on the IT website.

Getting Started

Want to know what's new in Windows 10? We have provided start guides for people new to working with Windows 10:

Useful Links & Guides

From our Knowledgebase:


If you need further support please contact IT using the IT Self Service Portal or calling 0118 378 6262.

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