You may have noticed a prompt on your screen urging you to upgrade your computer’s operating system to Windows 11. We advise you not to do so at this time for several reasons:

  • SSCS is still in the process of evaluating the compatibility of commonly used software applications at the University with Windows 11.
  • Windows 10 will be supported by Microsoft until at least 2025, and it is known to be fully compatible with all commonly used software applications at the University. So for now there is no urgency to upgrade to Windows 11.
  • Operating system upgrades are big, complicated operations that occasionally fail, potentially leaving your computer in an unusable state and requiring hands-on repair by SSCS staff. When this happens, the work of the University is disrupted. The COVID pandemic has caused many employees to work at least partly from home, a reality that has complicated the scheduling of hands-on repair. SSCS would prefer to handle the Windows 10 to 11 upgrade at a time when fewer employees are working remotely (not during the 2021 – 22 academic year).

If you would prefer not to see the upgrade prompt on your screen, you can make it go away for now by taking the following action:

  • Click the Start button, then click Settings in the pop-up menu
  • Click Update & Security
  • Click ‘Stay on Windows 10 for Now