Windows 7 Switch off

You are probably aware that Windows 7 is now out of support and that as a result the operating system is no longer being kept updated and secure. In order to maintain our Cyber Essentials accreditation, and ensure the University network is as secure as possible, we cannot allow unsupported devices onto our network.

We have been in contact with staff over the last few months to organise upgrades to University owned equipment – this is now almost complete. 

We are now ready to switch off internet access to Windows 7 devices.

What does this mean?

From first thing on Monday 17 February, we will not allow Windows 7 devices to access the internet. Staff will still be able to access internal resources on their work PC (such as network drives and the Portal) but not any external webpages. Portable equipment (i.e. laptops and tablets) that are running Windows 7 will not be able to connect to eduroam at all.

What should I do if I still have a Windows 7 device?

If your device is University owned, please contact the Information Centre to arrange an upgrade or replacement device. 

If your device is privately owned, you will need to either upgrade your existing device to Windows 10 or perhaps consider replacing your device. Students now have access to our laptop loans scheme in the Library if you need a device for study until you can get your device upgraded.  We have some advice on our IS News Blog about how to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you have any questions about this, please visit here for information or contact the Information Centre on