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​Windows 10 is here!

Information Services is working to upgrade all University PCs to Windows 10 from Windows 7.

You will have noticed that most Computer Suites, Library PCs and Classroom Laboratories are already on Windows 10. 

Windows 10 offers many benefits, including:

  • Quicker start up times
  • Smoother integration with Office 365
  • Shorter lead times to the most up to date software and applications.


Network Security

As of 14 January 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. This means that if any PCs are still running on Windows 7 after this time, the University is at increased risk of security breaches as there will be no fixes released by either Microsoft nor by our anti-virus software provider McAfee for any vulnerabilities that may be exposed.


Cyber Essentials

The Cyber Essentials certification is part of the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience Action Plan for public sector organisations and is a requirement of tendering for UK Government contracts. In order to pass our Cyber Essentials certification, the University must not be using any unsupported software when the assessment is carried out. The discovery of any Windows 7 systems on the University network would cause us to fail Cyber Essentials certification, were the assessment to take place after 14 January 2020. Our current recommended re-assessment date is 23 January 2020.


How do I know if I need to upgrade to Windows 10?

When logging on to your machine, if you are asked to press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to login, you are NOT on Windows 10 and need to have your machine re-imaged.

If you simply press any key to enter your login details, you do not need to take any action.​


What is Required From Me?

All staff are required to have their machines running Windows 10 before January 14, 2020. 

Start your imaging process here​


If you are unable to use the self service tool please submit a reimage request form here​.

The Audio Visual and Learning Spaces technicians will receive your request and contact you to arrange a time to come to you to re-image your machine.

Please note: the team will respond to these requests on a first come, first served basis. This may mean that it will take them some time to contact you. Do not be concerned, all requests will be actioned as soon as they can.  If you do have concerns or would like further information please email the Windows 10 Project Team​.


Where can I find out more?

The following information will help you get started with the Edinburgh Napier Windows 10 desktop:
Quick Guide to the Edinburgh Napier Windows 10 Desktop (PDF)


The Quick Start guide from Microsoft also provides useful information:
Quick Start: Windows 10 Desktop at Work (PDF)