Windows 10 Rollout

Windows 10 Enterprise is the current version of Microsoft’s operating system. According to Microsoft:

Prior versions of Windows…have limited support when running on new processors and chipsets from manufacturers like Intel, AMD, NVidia, and Qualcomm. A device may not be able to run prior versions of Windows if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s support period.

In addition, official support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020.

Finally, with the campus recently migrating to Active Directory (AD), services provided through AD including software updates, security, and other features run much more smoothly and efficiently on Windows 10. With these factors in mind, it is time for UCA to begin migrating all existing PC computers on campus to Windows 10. IST will no longer officially support Windows 7 beginning July 1, 2019.

Computers that Support Windows 10

The following is a list of computers that currently support installation of Windows 10. All other computers will be officially removed from the UCA supported list as of June 30, 2018 (see note A).

  • Dell Optiplex 790 / 3010 / 3020 / 3050 / 7010 / 7020
  • Dell Latitude 3580 / E5440 / E6330 / E6520 / E6530 / E6540
  • HP EliteDesk 705 G1 / G2 / G3
  • HP ProBook 655 G1 / G2 / G3
  • Lenovo T510 / T520 / T530 / T540p

Rollout Timeline

The following outlines the steps IST will take to roll-out Windows 10 Enterprise to the campus.

  • New Computers – All new PC computer models now come with Windows 10 Enterprise installed. There is no longer an option for Windows 7 when purchasing and imaging new computers.
  • Reimaging Existing Computers (see note B) – Any PC computers that need to be reimaged and can run Windows 10 will have that operating system installed. Beginning January 1, 2018, any computers in need of reimaging that cannot run Windows 10 will need to be replaced.
  • Voluntary Deployments (see notes A & B) – Any employee who has a UCA-supported PC computer model that can run Windows 10 may have it deployed by filling out a simple web form. Once complete, someone from the Help Desk will contact you to schedule a time for the upgrade.
  • Required Deployments (see notes A & B) – On July 1, 2018, IST will begin the process of reimaging all UCA-supported PC computers still running Windows 7 to Windows 10. Beginning July 1, 2019, any PC computer not running Windows 10 will be blocked from the AD domain.

Microsoft Office

As part of the move to Windows 10 Enterprise, Microsoft Office 2016 will be the default productivity software packaged with the Windows 10 image.

Notes

(A) End of UCA support for individual computer models may differ from end of Microsoft support date. Refer to the UCA supported computer list for end of UCA support dates.
(B) It is the responsibility of the employee to back up files on a UCA-owned computer. Ensure that your data is backed up, saved on a UCA network drive or on a UCA Google Drive prior to reimaging. For more information see UCA Board Policy 412.