Support for Windows 7 is Ending – Get Upgraded Now!

Windows 7 LogoAs we mentioned previously, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. To lessen security risks to the campus infrastructure, all computers connected to the SMU network must be upgraded to Windows 10 before that support ends. To assist with getting updated, OIT has created a few upgrade paths to get users on the latest Windows OS. Continue reading Support for Windows 7 is Ending – Get Upgraded Now!

Microsoft’s Windows 7 Update Support Ends January 2020

Windows 7 LogoLike Windows Vista and XP before it, Windows 7 will reach the end of its update support cycle early next year.

Full support and updates for Windows 7 have been halted since 2015, but January 14, 2020, will mark the day when even critical security updates stop for the operating system that made its big debut in 2009. That year was the heyday of the tiny and eccentric netbook craze, FarmVille was big on a burgeoning Facebook, and some tech news outlets were claiming that Apple’s rumored tablet computer would never happen. A lot has changed in the tech world since 2009, but Windows 7 has been one of the most long-lasting and popular versions of Windows. But nothing lasts forever in the IT realm. Continue reading Microsoft’s Windows 7 Update Support Ends January 2020

Need to Use Windows 7? Choose Your New Computer Wisely


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Usually, when you build or buy a computer, you have lots of choices. What processor to use, how much memory you’ll need, et cetera. You also have a choice in operating systems, like MacOS, Linux; or Windows 7, 8, or 10. As Microsoft works to get as many people on their newest OS as possible, your choices may soon become fewer. Continue reading Need to Use Windows 7? Choose Your New Computer Wisely

Vista’s Out, Creator’s Update is In

TWindows Vista Logooday is the day. April 11, 2017 is the day that Microsoft officially ends support for the beleaguered Windows Vista operating system. First released in 2007, mainstream support for Vista ended five years ago. Now, all support has ended and it moves to the big hard drive in the sky. Continue reading Vista’s Out, Creator’s Update is In

Upgrade to Windows 10 & Office 2016

Windows 10Windows 10 is now available

As of July 1st, new campus computers that are ordered are now delivered with Windows 10 Enterprise. If you have an existing Windows 64 bit computer that you would like to upgrade we are offering the Windows 10 package via the LANDesk software portal (LANDesk Portal Manager). If you utilize or support a lab or shared group of computers and would like to request an upgrade within those areas, or for any Windows computers running a 32-bit operating system, please contact the Help Desk for further assistance.

Visit Microsoft’s operating system support page to find out which operating system you have. To learn more about Windows 10 Enterprise features and changes visit the Windows 10 For Business site.

Office 365Have you taken the plunge and upgraded to Office 2016 yet? Just like Windows 10, Office 2016 is also available via the LANDesk software portal (The LANDesk Portal Manager for Windows clients, or LANDesk Workspaces for Mac OS). From LANDesk,  you can select and download installation on your local system. Uninstalling the previous Office products is recommended, but not required. Please contact the OIT Help Desk if you do not see Office 2016 listed or if you have any difficulty accessing the LANDesk Portal Manager.

Don’t forget, installations off of the campus network require you to sign in to the campus VPN client prior to launching LANDesk. Please note that Office 32 bit will be the standard offering for all Windows systems regardless of the version of your computer’s operating system. For more information visit Choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office.

Not sure of the benefits of upgrading to Office 2016? Check out this course: Migrating from Office 2013 to Office 2016.  It will give you all the benefits of 2016 including application upgrades in all your favorite Office products!