Windows 10

Windows 10 will soon be the standard Windows operating system (OS) for new personal computer replacements at Kenyon. Today, the majority of Windows campus computers are running the Windows 7 OS (which was first released in 2009).

 Windows 10 will be the primary operating system deployed on new 2018 Windows computer replacements (R&R) for faculty and staff. LBIS staff have been diligently testing campus applications to ensure compatibility with Windows 10; while there are some cosmetic differences, Kenyon standard applications that run in Windows 7 are compatible with Windows 10.

We recognize that this will be a change and we are here to help! LBIS User Services and Helpline will be available to assist you during this transition. Also, we have updated the LBIS website to include helpful computer tips and tutorials and will continue to add more.  

 

Questions and Answers: 

    • I currently have a Windows computer with Windows 7. How does this affect me?

  • We have not planned any immediate project to upgrade existing Windows computers to Windows 10. If you are scheduled to receive a new replacement Windows computer this year, it will have Windows 10. Later this year, we will accept individual requests to update current Windows 7 computers to Windows 10.

    • Why can’t I continue to use Windows 7?

  • Microsoft has announced that in January 2020 they will stop releasing critical security updates for Windows 7, leaving those computers vulnerable to future attacks. Also, new computer processors require Windows 10. Windows 7 is not compatible with these new processors. We tested Windows 8 and made the decision to wait for Windows 10.

    • Where can I try Windows 10 now?

  • There are ten public Windows 10 computers available in the library; six of the ten are located in Library B, next to Helpline and the other four are in Library A. Faculty, staff, and students can login with Kenyon credentials. You can log into these systems any time the library is open.

    • Is Windows 10 secure?

  • Windows 10 has many additional security features, including secure boot (protects from tampering with the startup process), data execution prevention (additional protection from viruses and modern security threats), and Windows Defender (built-in protection from viruses, malware and new attack vectors), replacing Symantec Endpoint Protection.

    • Is Windows 10 drastically different?

  • While there are some cosmetic differences, Windows 10 has a similar feel to Windows 7. One major change is that in Windows 10, some of the settings you previously adjusted to customize your computer, such as display settings, mouse preferences, and network settings, are now organized in a new Settings menu instead of within the Control Panel. The Control Panel still exists, and it now primarily includes primarily system-level and hardware settings.