During the Summer of 2016 CAIT will be updating our managed Windows workstations from Windows 7 to Windows 10. This is going to affect all departments in Administration and introduces a number of new features that you should be familiar with!
We know how jarring a new operating system can be to your day-to-day work and we have a handful of really helpful resources to make your transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as seamless as it can be.
Lynda.com Course: Windows 10 New Features
Lynda.com has a really great (and not too long) course outlining the new features of Windows 10. We encourage you to run through this ~40 minute long video to familiarize yourself with Windows 10. If you have any questions after watching this video the Customer Care team is always here to help.
Any and all Faculty and Staff can request a 2-week Lynda.com account through the CAIT ticket system, just send us a ticket to get started!
Click here to go to the Windows 10 New Features Lynda.com course!
How the Upgrade Process Works
We have an in-place upgrade process that will upgrade desktop workstation from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without us having to take your computer for a whole day.
Over the next few weeks we will be scheduling with each department and doing these in-place upgrades at the end of each day until everybody is on Windows 10. For example at 4:30PM we would come by your computer, start the process, and then come back the next morning to make sure you can log in!
If you have particular scheduling considerations (e.g., a time-sensitive project conflicts with our schedule for you) just let us know and we'll work with you to find a better time.
Do I Have to Upgrade to Windows 10?
Yep. We know how frustrating it can be to have a change forced upon you in the middle of a workweek, but it's important that we get everybody upgraded to Windows 10 this summer.
Some legacy programs or systems are not compatible with Windows 10. In those special circumstances we will be retaining Windows 7 and either investigating replacement programs/systems or determining methods to make sure these workstations don't become security issues in the future.
What about Mac's?
We will be updating all of our Apple Mac computers to OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" over the course of the Summer as well. Moving to El Capitan isn't as jarring as the move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 so we're not making a special announcement about it.
Lynda.com has a great video on OS X 10.11 El Capitan New Features as well, so check it out if you're curious!