Microsoft support for Windows 7 to end soon

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in 2020. Microsoft will issue a final security update on January 14, 2020. After that date, no security patches will be provided for Windows 7. Machines should be upgraded to Windows 10 no later than March 1, 2020.

Continuing to use Windows 7 on your personal devices after this date may make your machine more vulnerable to viruses and other security risks, and it will likely not be compatible with the latest hardware and software releases by other manufacturers.

Consistent with the CSU IT Security Policy, this applies not only to CSU-owned devices but also to personal devices used to access CSU resources — both locally on campus and also remotely via the Pulse VPN (secure.colostate.edu).

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my machine stop working on March 1, or do I have a "grace period" to get it updated?

Starting on March 1, 2020, several measures will be taken to begin blocking Windows 7 devices from using the CSU network. Department IT managers will be asked to assist in identifying and removing (or immediately upgrading) any device running Windows 7.

Does this also apply to Server 2008?

Yes, Windows Server 2008 (and 2008 R2) have the same basic operating system code as Windows 7, and will also be unsupported by Microsoft. If you run a server using Server 2008, it must be upgraded by March 1, 2020. Please contact ACNS if you have concerns about this requirement.

Why are you blocking Windows 7 in the VPN?

Continued use of Windows 7 puts a computer at increased risk of compromise. Allowing compromised machines to connect to the CSU network — even through a secure, authenticated service like the Pulse VPN — puts CSU’s network at risk.

I have an expensive piece of scientific equipment that will only run Windows 7, and we can't afford to upgrade it. What do I do?

For any exception to the CSU IT Security Policy, work with your departmental IT person to submit an exception request for consideration. The form is available on the ACNS Security page under Resources: Security Exemption Request.