End of Support for Windows 7

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop providing general support and security fixes for Windows 7 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-will-end-on-january-14-2020).  Without these security updates, malware and other exploits can infect vulnerable devices still running Windows 7, and quickly spread across our campus.  In order to meet UCI’s Security Guidelines for Computers and Devices Connected to UCInet, users should replace or upgrade any devices running Windows 7 to a supported platform such as Windows 10 as soon as possible.

For UCI-supported Windows 7 devices, please contact your Computing Support Coordinator to inquire about your Unit’s migration plan toward a secure solution.

For personally-owned Windows 7 devices, please plan to purchase an upgrade or replacement before the deadline.  There are reports that the free upgrade to Windows 10 that Microsoft offered in 2016 still works (https://www.cnet.com/how-to/upgrade-to-windows-10-free-heres-how/), but no guarantees.

Unpatched Windows 7 devices will be treated like any other unpatched device on our network, and fall under our vulnerability management program’s network disconnect procedure, where insecure devices may be blocked from the UCI network.

IT administrators should be aware that Microsoft is also ending support for Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2.  The same warnings apply to that platform as well.

Please reach out to OIT Security at security@uci.edu if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Josh Drummond
Chief Information Security Officer
Office of Information Technology

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