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Windows 7 Computers To Be Blocked January 14, 2020

Recently it was announced that NDSU-ITS would begin blocking all Windows 7 computers from NDSU's network starting on January 14, 2020; the same day Microsoft is dropping all support for the operating system.  

What is happening?

ITS will begin blocking Windows 7 from the network the same day Microsoft ends it's support.  This will prevent all Windows 7 computers from accessing both the NDSU network and the internet.  Windows 7 computers will no longer have access to shared drives, websites, email, etc...

Why is this being done?

At that time, Windows 7 will likely become a prime target for attackers knowing it is no longer receiving security updates.  Blocking Windows 7 from the network is an effective way of preventing these computers from being attacked as well as preventing them from from spreading malware to the rest of the network should they be infected.

What steps can we take to avoid this?

  • Replace old computers with supported ones.  In some cases, departments have already purchased replacements that Ag Comm is currently working to deploy.
  • Upgrade to Windows 10.  Prior to the event, AgComm will ensure that all currently supported computers will be upgraded.  Computers that are no longer supported will need to install Windows 10 on their own.  They can get the software from NDSU Software Licensing.
  • Unplug your Windows 10 computer.  If you don't need the network or internet, you can simply unplug the network cable and continue to use your computer.

 

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