Y2K20 Why? I am using Windows 7 and Office 365

Windows 7 was a great operating system but has now run its course. Microsoft has deemed its end of life to be January 2020. This means that it will no longer receive any updates causing the likelihood of rampant compatibility issues and a large security risk on campus.

Because of this, IT Services and local department technicians are working together to bring the University of Windsor to the modern era with Windows 10. While we realize that change is not always welcome, the leap from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is in fact much smaller than it may seem. The major differences are outlined below.

The Start Menu

When you press the button in the lower left corner, which will no longer be a circle, you will see a different layout.

The Windows 10 start menu is very similar to Windows 7. Key differences are that the list of programs laid out alphabetically, the vertical list of icons above the start button are very useful and will bring you directly to many useful sections on the computer, and the right side is a list of programs that you can add or remove for easy access.

Windows Search

Windows search is still in the same location (simply click the start button and just start typing) or use the search box accessible from the task bar at the bottom of your screen without clicking the start button.

In the image above, type in the area to the left of the start button where it says "Type here to search" and your computer is searched immediately.

Timeline and Multiple Desktops

Also in the task bar at the bottom of the screen is a new icon:

The icon which looks like a ladder allows you to view your timeline, all the files you worked on in the past 30 days. To the right is a slider that lets you move through time.  Files and Web sites that you have visited for more than a few minutes, are automatically added to the history. If you are looking for something that you know youi worked on two days ago, but don't remember the name or URL, scroll back in time and find the tile.

In the timeline view, you can also access multiple virtual desktops. This allows you to declutter your single desktop and create windows in other additional desktops. You can arrange the windows for different purposes, and switch between them using the timeline.

You can also access the timeline by pressing Windows + Tab, or use a three finger swipe.

New Settings App


Microsoft has migrated many of the functions that used to be buried in the control panel to a much more user friendly “Settings” app. This app works very similarly to a settings app on a phone. You can also use the “Find a setting” box to search for the exact setting you are looking for.

Single Sign On

Windows 10 now allows the University to leverage the power of Single sign on. This means that once you sign in to your computer with your UWinID password, you will automatically be signed in to many other systems with that same password. This will make changing your password much more simple in that you will not have you sign back in to everything with the new password once it has been changed.

New Action Center

The action center has been completely revamped to now show any new notifications you may have. This mimics swiping down your notifications on a phone. The new Action Center will give you a notification of any new email, meeting, or task that might be due. It will also give you access to come quick options to easily change a setting.


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