Windows 7 Information - End of Support

**Windows 7/8 support ending January 14, 2020**

Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 and will no longer provide security updates for Windows 7 after that date. See . Running an unsupported, unpatched OS is a security risk to all users and devices on the UH network.

As a result, ITS will be ending support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 on December 31, 2019 and recommends that UH users migrate to a newer, supported operating system (OS), such as Windows 10, before the end of 2019. UH administrative users are advised to use Windows 10 Pro or Education.

General Information

"We (Microsoft) designed Windows 7 to simplify the things you do every day, work the way you want, and make some exciting new things possible." - Microsoft website

Windows 7 is a version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs. Windows 7 was released for general retail availability on October 22, 2009, following its predecessor, Windows Vista. (adapted from Wikipedia)

Minimum System Requirements

  • A PC with a 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • At least 20 GB free hard disk space
  • Windows Aero-capable graphics card with DirectX9 graphics support
    • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
    • WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
    • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
    • 32 bits per pixel
  • internal or external DVD drive
  • Internet access capability
  • Audio output capability

Additional Requirements to Use Certain Features

  • Some programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher
  • DVD/CD authoring requires a DVD/CD burner optical drive
  • BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module 1.2
  • BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive
  • Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM, an additional 15 BG free hard disk space, and a hardware processor that supports virtualization

ITS Supported Version

  • Windows 7 Professional

Departments may purchase this software through the ITS Site License Office. Users can purchase this software for personal use from a computer software retailer that sells Microsoft products.


  • Windows 7 Application Compatibility [HTML]

Service Patches/Updates

In Windows 7, click the Start button, click All Programs, and click Windows Update.

Alternative: Open Internet Explorer to the Microsoft Windows Update website to download the latest Microsoft Windows updates.

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Article ID: 1183
Created: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 3:28pm
Modified: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 10:16am