Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade

​Microsoft has announced the end of extended support for Windows 7.  As a result, Microsoft will no longer release security patches for Windows 7 after January 14, 2020.  All Loyola owned workstations that are running Windows 7 will need to be upgraded to Windows 10.

To prepare for this, Information Technology Services (ITS) has made it possible for users to upgrade their Windows 7 workstations to Windows 10.   

What are the requirements to perform the upgrade?

  • A Loyola owned workstation running the standard Loyola Windows 7 image
  • A wired (Ethernet) connection to the Loyola network

How do I perform the upgrade?

Software Center

  • The Windows 10 upgrade is launched from the Software Center.
  • To open the Software Center, click the Start button > All Programs > .Loyola Software Links > Software Center
  • Once the Software Center opens, click on Operating Systems (along the left side of the window)
  • Click on Window 10 1909 Upgrade
  • Click on Install
  • Click on Install on the confirmation window to begin the upgrade. The upgrade process may take an hour more and your computer will reboot several times throughout the process.

Will my data be preserved during the upgrade process?
The upgrade process should not affect any user data stored on the workstation.  Nonetheless, it is a best practice to backup data before any major upgrade.  It is not necessary to backup data currently stored in OneDrive (https://www.luc.edu/its/services/onedrive/) or on the University's shared drives (N:\, U:\, etc.)

Will my applications change during the upgrade process?
Most modern applications are compatible with Windows 10.  Please consult the support webpages for any specialized software applications you use, to determine whether any compatibility issues exist with the Windows 10 operating system.  All the applications available to Loyola Faculty and Staff through the Software Center are compatible with Windows 10.

Will Microsoft Office update during the upgrade process?
Microsoft Office will not update during the upgrade process.  However, it is recommended that all workstations upgrade to Office 2016 after they have upgraded to Windows 10.

Will all my current devices (e.g. webcam) work on Windows 10?
Most modern hardware is compatible with Windows 10.  However, some older hardware may not have support for Windows 10.  Please consult the Windows Compatible Products List
or the device vendor’s support webpages for any specialized hardware that you use, to determine whether any compatibility issues exist with the Windows 10 operating system.

Will the Windows 10 upgrade affect my ability to access my workstation remotely?
No. If you are currently able to connect to your workstation remotely, you will still be able to login remotely after the Windows 10 upgrade.

Last Modified:   Sun, October 11, 2020 8:20 PM CDT