Microsoft has announced that the ‘end-of-life’  deadline for Windows 7 is 14th January 2020. This means that after January 2020, Microsoft will cease to provide support, patches and updates for this operating system. Any machines running Windows 7 could then pose a security risk to the UCT network.

If you’re a member of staff still using Windows 7 on campus, please upgrade to Windows 10 as a matter of urgency.

The Windows site licence at UCT entitles you to install or upgrade your UCT-owned Windows computer to run the Windows Enterprise edition as per this chart.

Windows 10 offers a host of new features and benefits, geared toward improving your productivity. Although there are differences in the two systems, these are easy to adjust to. We have created a guide to help you find out more about the new features and assist you with the change-over.

What you need to do

Should you have any queries or need assistance with the process, please contact the IT Helpdesk by logging a call online, sending an email to, or calling us on (021) 650-4500.