Windows 7 end of life

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Windows 7 is no longer safe enough to use

On Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft stopped supporting the Windows 7 operating system. The software is now unsafe, and using it violates campus policy.

Computers and systems that still run on Windows 7 are easy targets for hackers, malware, and viruses, exposing anyone who uses those systems to security risks and other vulnerabilities.

UC policy* and campus policy require that devices connected to the UC Davis network must run on software for which security patches are available, and installed, in a timely fashion.

Options

1. Upgrade your machine's operating system

2. Purchase a new computer

To buy a new university-owned machine, contact your department's IT support staff or your Unit Information Security Lead.

3. Buy Extended Security Updates from Microsoft

Use these updates only if you need extra time to upgrade to current software. For computers owned by UC Davis, or managed by your department's IT staff, contact your IT support staff or your Unit Information Security Lead. Department IT staff seeking information on Extended Security Updates licensing from Microsoft should contact UC Davis Software Licensing at ucdsoftware@ucdavis.edu.

For general information, see the Windows 7 and Office 2010 End of Support FAQ.

4. Request a security exception

If a Windows 7 system used at UC Davis cannot be upgraded, you may be eligible for a temporary security exception. You will need an extraordinary reason why extended security updates cannot be purchased, and the Unit Head and Unit Information Security Lead will need to sign off on the risk. See the Exception Process form.

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*IS-3 12.6 Technical vulnerability management and patch management. Units must only use supported and patched versions of hardware and software