Students to get Windows 10 on University PCs from summer 2018

The project to upgrade University PCs to Windows 10 continues to make good progress. However further technical challenges have been encountered.

There is now insufficient time for staff to prepare to teach using newer versions of programs running on Windows 10, for the beginning of Semester 2. University PCs in Student PC Areas will continue to run Windows 7 for the time being and will instead be upgraded during summer 2018.

Staff will have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 from January 2018 onwards and have a longer time to prepare for teaching using Windows 10.

What is the current schedule?

Students

Student PCs in teaching rooms and Student PC Areas will continue to run Windows 7 during this academic year. Software will remain on the same version as provided from the beginning of Semester 1. All Student PCs are now due to be upgraded to Windows 10 ready for the start of the 2018/19 academic year in September 2018.

Staff

Staff will have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 from January 2018 onwards. This will be optional and will be dependent on when programs you use for your work are made available on Windows 10. Some Windows 10 PCs will be provided on campus, where you can login with your own University IT account and try out Windows 10 before you upgrade your University PC.

PCs used for presenting in teaching rooms will continue to run Windows 7 and will be upgraded to Windows 10 for the start of the 2018/19 academic year in September 2018.

Why

Introducing Windows 10 is an important step for Our University. It will provide an improved platform, consisting of a modern Operating System for staff and students to use, introducing new and improved features, enable other benefits in Office 365 and ensure that University PCs continue to be supported by Microsoft.

This decision has been taken to ensure that we don’t unduly disrupt teaching and learning across the University. The Windows 10 project team will have additional time to fix the issues that are have been identified. It will also allow staff more time to make adjustments to their teaching materials, which may be introduced by using Windows 10 and newer versions of programs.

Have a question?

See Windows 10 upgrade project website, the frequently asked questions about Windows 10, or why not post a question within the IT Services Yammer group.

You can find out more about IT Services including training and help at www.le.ac.uk/itservices or contact the IT Service Desk on 0116 252 2253.

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