What the end of life for Windows 7 will mean to you

Windows 7 End Of Life

Windows 7 will soon be rendered obsolete. Windows 7 computers must be upgraded, retired, or removed from the UC Davis network prior to January 14, 2020.

End of Life

Every software product has a lifecycle. That lifecycle ends when the software no longer receives security updates, software fixes, and technical support.  Microsoft will discontinue support for the Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. After that date, Windows 7 computers will not be able to connect to the College of Engineering wired network unless they are registered with COE IT.


Without security patches, Windows 7 will be an easy target for attackers, malware, and viruses. When previous Microsoft operating systems such as Windows XP reached their end of life, cyber criminals were able to launch new attacks on the first day after support ended. We can reasonably expect similar threats soon after the Windows 7 retirement date. Moreover, Windows 7 computers will be disconnected from the UC Davis network and eventually prohibited from connecting to many UC Davis websites.


  1. If you are unable to permanently retire your old Windows 7 computers, you may want to consider the cost of a Windows 10 upgrade. Windows 7 is over ten years old. If your computer is compatible with Windows 10, an upgrade may make it run faster.
  2. If you believe mitigating circumstances require you to keep using Windows 7 after January 14, 2020, such as specialized instrumentation or hardware configurations critical to a research project, please contact your local IT support staff. Mitigation steps and a documented plan are required to maintain network access.

Next Steps

Contact your local IT staff no later than January 7, 2020 to register your Windows 7 system and determine next steps.

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