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Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 end of life: Jan 2020

Software reaches its end life when it no longer receives security updates, bug fixes or technical support. That time has come for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Microsoft announced that unpaid support and security updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Operating Systems will end on January 14, 2020. 

After that date, those versions of Windows will no longer receive security updates, software patches and technical support that previously helped protect them from hackers, malware and viruses.

If you are unsure which version of Windows you are using, please follow these instructions to check.

Your options

Options for upgrades or replacements depend on your situation.

  • Your local IT group will provide guidance on how your department will address this issue.
  • DoIT Departmental Support will directly contact their customers to arrange for an upgrade to Windows 10, if needed.
  • To purchase a new departmental computer running Windows 10, visit, and visit the Dell punchout store, where you will find a variety of computer models to meet your computing needs.

Note: The DoIT Help Desk provides support for departmentally- and student-owned computers. While we no longer provide support for hardware and software personally owned by faculty, staff and retirees, you can find more information on the Windows 7 End of Life from Microsoft here: If you are interested in purchasing a new Dell or Apple computer at an academic discount for personal use, visit or Find more information on the Windows Server 2008 End of Life from Microsoft here: