Windows 7 End of Support Coming January 14, 2020

October 1, 2019

by UNH IT Staff

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop releasing security updates and end free support for Windows 7. Microsoft and UNH IT are recommending all Windows 7 users upgrade to Windows 10 before this date to help ensure your computer and all its data remain secure. A full list of Microsoft Windows 7 FAQs is available here:

If your Windows ‘Start’ button looks like this, you are using Windows 10.


If your Windows ‘Start’ button looks like either of these icons, you need to upgrade.


Why Upgrade?  

After support has ended, your system will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Microsoft will no longer provide support for software, security updates, and overall Windows 7 technical support. 

Is Windows 10 available to faculty and staff?

UNH maintains a Windows 10 Education software license, and it is available to all faculty and staff on University-Owned computers at no charge. 

What is the Windows 10 upgrade plan?

UNH IT recommends working with your departmental IT staff, Academic Technology Liaison or IT Desktop Consultant to assist with the upgrade. UNH IT also recommends storing files on your computer to UNH Box before upgrading to Windows 10.

Upgrading computers will happen iteratively over the upcoming months to discover any issues and avoid foreseeable disruptions; conversations will occur to help ensure all software and hardware is compatible with Windows 10.  If you are concerned about your department-specific software compatibility with Windows 10 or if you are not sure who can help with your Windows 10 upgrade, please contact the UNH IT Service Desk at 603-862-4242. 

What if my department is planning to purchase a new computer this fiscal year?

If you are planning to purchase a new computer and are currently using Windows 7, now is the perfect time to buy. The UNH Computer Purchasing Program offers educational discounts on Windows and Apple devices. For more information, go to

UNH IT will continue to communicate progress and information regarding Windows 10.  If you have any concerns or feedback on the process, please let us know at Feedback for UNH Information Technology


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