About Windows updates

Windows 10 updates

Microsoft requires major operating system updates to Windows 10 every 12–18 months to receive current security patches and bug fixes. Faculty and staff with eligible computers will be notified by email when a required upgrade is available in Software Center.

Instructions for updating your Windows 10 operating system

Updating Windows 7 to Windows 10

Windows 10 is the default operating system for new and rebuilt Windows computers and tablets. Your eligibility to receive a new computer is determined by your unit’s hardware replacement policy. Please check with your unit to see when you will be eligible for a new computer with Windows 10.

Application Compatibility

Search for compatibility by application using the Microsoft website if you are concerned an application you use may not work on Windows 10. You may request Windows 7 or older versions of Windows 10 if you use software that is not compatible with the latest version of Windows 10.

If you use the following applications, please contact the ITS Service Center before upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7.

  • AspenTech
  • Forceplates
  • Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS)
  • ​Print Key 2000
  • RiskMaster

Windows 10 Tips