Support for Windows 7 is nearing the end

Windows 7 PCs will no longer receive security updates after January 14, 2020. It’s a great time to shift to Windows 10 for affordable, easy-to-manage technology with the built-in security you need, plus the right learning tools to keep students on track to excellence.


What can your school do to prepare?

From finding new Windows 10 devices that fit your needs while meeting your budget to preparing for a deployment at your school, there are resources to help you transition with ease.

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Built for education and starting at $199, Windows 10 devices deliver a wide range of features and functionality.

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Plan your transition

Learn how to quickly and easily configure and deploy Windows 10 with Microsoft 365 in your school.

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Backup files and photos

Use OneDrive or an external hard drive to save school files and photos so you can get running on new devices quickly.

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Make the shift to Windows 10

Windows 10 helps deliver personalized learning for every student with affordable devices built for the classroom and beyond.

Unlock limitless learning

Windows 10 devices combine affordability and functionality, helping students prepare for the future on a platform they will never outgrow.

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Inclusive

Adapt to meet diverse learning styles and capabilities with free built-in Windows Learning Tools.

Versatile

Windows devices can run desktop apps and 3rd party software, enabling more customized lessons.

Secure

Windows 10 offers built-in privacy and security protections to help safeguard information and devices.

Education device buyback programs

Device buyback programs are a fast, easy, and secure way for schools to shift to Windows 10 while receiving high trade-in value for old devices. Don’t wait to get paid – contact your partner today to get started.

Shift to Windows 10 and get paid for old devices

With buyback programs, quotes are provided quickly, shipping or pickup is arranged for you, and data-erasure is certified. Payment can be applied to new Windows 10 devices for your school.

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Resources

Get the facts on Windows 10

See how Windows 10 devices can help you meet the learning needs of your students while keeping your IT budget on track.

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Tech that transforms

Learn how to empower every student and free up time for teachers,1 with Windows 10 devices and Microsoft Education.

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Find the right device

Make the most of your budget and give classrooms modern technology with Windows 10 devices. Laptops start at $199.

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Frequently asked questions

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.

Windows 10 delivers a better experience for students and teachers and is easier for IT managers to deploy, manage and secure than Windows 7. Microsoft is committed to providing products with improved security. Although we strive to remove vulnerabilities during development, older products may not meet today’s more demanding security requirements and Microsoft is unable to provide security updates for older products.

After January 14, 2020, a PC running Windows 7 will still start and run, but it will no longer receive security updates. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support. With Windows 10, your devices will continue to receive the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer.

You can continue to use Windows 7, but after support has ended, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Windows will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs based on these requirements with a full license. To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10.

Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after end of support; however, it will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses due to the lack of security updates. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft strongly recommends that you use Windows 10 instead of Windows 7.

For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 will be the recommended path forward. Today's PCs are faster and lightweight, yet powerful and more secure, with an average price that's considerably less than that of the average PC when Windows 7 was introduced in 2009. Our guide can help you choose a new PC. You can also upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs based on these requirements with a full license, but we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10 to take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities.

The Windows 10 free upgrade through the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app ended on July 29, 2016. However, schools with certain volume license agreements may be eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 for no additional cost. Please contact sales for more information.

For schools with volume license agreements such as Microsoft 365 A3 or A5, a license for Windows 10 is included for all of your devices. Schools with Microsoft 365 A1 are licensed to upgrade the edition of Windows 7 to the same edition of Windows 10. The actual cost will depend on the volume and level of licensing, ranging from no additional cost up to about $55 per device for a new Open licensing agreement. New devices for schools start at $199 and include Windows 10. Please contact sales for more information.

To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to new PCs with Windows 10. As an alternative, compatible Windows 7 PCs can be upgraded by purchasing licenses and installing a full version of the software. Once you have the appropriate license for Windows 10, there are many available options to upgrading the operating system. Please visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/enterprise/desktop-deployment-center-home/ for options and instructions.

To see if the apps you use will run on Windows 10, http://www.readyforwindows.com/

Schools and districts with 1,000 or more PCs can be nominated by your reseller for a Modern Desktop Assessment service. If you have yet to move most of your devices to Windows 10, Microsoft will pay for a partner to spend 3 days with you to assess and plan your upgrade options. For more information, please contact your reseller and ask about a Modern Desktop Assessment.

Some of the key benefits of Windows 10 compared to Windows 7 for schools include:

Security:Windows 10 is the most secure, robust, and flexible Windows ever for your students. With multiple layers of integrated security, this is the most secure Windows yet.

Easy setup and management:Easily set up and deploy Windows 10 devices using Set up School PCs. AddIntune for Education(sold separately) to manage classroom devices and apps from a web console, so students and teachers can spend more time learning and connecting.

Digital ink:Take notes, navigate, draw, doodle, and edit. Discover all the ways you can be productive and get creative with a digital pen.2

Cortana:Free up time and your hands by talking to your computer3. Speak your mind and let your PC do the typing.

Accessibility:Windows 10 includes built-in, meaningful innovation to help students of differing abilities to be independent, efficient, and engaged whether they are reading, creating, collaborating, or organizing their work.

Microsoft Edge:Microsoft Edge is the fast, safe browser to get things done on the web. It has unique capabilities designed to help students and teachers stay focused and organized so they can accomplish more with less effort.

Your students’ and teachers’ favorite features are even better in Windows 10. It's what they loved about Windows 7 in a great package they already know how to use. Microsoft refreshed the general look and feel to help them be more efficient and productive. But don’t worry, it’s still just as easy to navigate. They still have plenty of ways to personalize their 1:1 PCs. Faster boot time, faster login, and more management options than Windows 7 make Windows 10 the better choice for shared devices.



1Source:Forrester, Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Windows 10, 2018.

2Requires a touch-capable PC and the digital pen accessory may be sold separately.

3Hardware dependent.


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