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Windows 10 upgrade

To remain compliant with IT security standards at Concordia University, faculty and staff members currently working on Concordia issued PC devices will be required to upgrade to Windows 10 to ensure continued support from Microsoft. Microsoft has announced that with the release of Windows 10, Windows 7 systems will begin to no longer be supported with security updates and bug/feature patches.

Recent versions of Windows have important improved security, performance, and usability options that older versions do not.  Your older operating system may get security updates, but does not improve with age.  Only newer versions get all the benefits of improved management, reliability, and security technology.

This Concordia upgrade is only for computers running Windows 7. To learn how to identify your Operating System, consult the FAQ.

Windows 10: Features and Improvements

  • A new, simpler, visual design that is user friendly and easy to use.
  • Faster computer switch on and login times. Windows 10 will allow you to switch on your computer and log in faster, getting your day started with less delay.
  • The new operating system has numerous embedded and built-in security features that will make Concordia’s computing environment even more secure. 

Please note: My Documentum Desktop (MDD) has known compatibility issues with Windows 10. For this reason, we have temporarily excluded all PCs with MDD from this upgrade. The in-place upgrade will not be available in your Software Center. 

Before you begin your upgrade from Windows 7

  • Ensure you regularly backup your documents. Validate your backups before performing the system upgrade. IITS recommends backing up your files to your Home Drive
  • To avoid disruptions to your work, it is recommended to run the upgrade prior to leaving for the day as it will interrupt your computer for up to 2 hours. When you return in the morning your computer will be running Windows 10.
  • Save and close any open files before you begin the installation.
  • Do not shut down your computer before you leave for the day; shutting down will prevent the upgrade from starting or will interrupt the process if already begun. 

Upgrade to Windows 10

  • If your computer is eligible, the upgrade is available in your Software Centre.

If the in-place upgrade is not available in your Software Centre or you do not have Software Centre installed, you may opt-in by clicking the button below.

  • You will be required to provide your computer name. (You can find your computer name by right-clicking the ‘My Computer’ icon and selecting 'Properties')
  • Jot down the computer name listed on the properties screen.



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