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“All Clear” to install Windows 10 on University-owned devices

August 20, 2015
All clear

University community members can install Windows 10 Enterprise Edition free of charge on University-owned devices with a pre-existing license of Windows 7 or 8.

On July 29, Microsoft released Windows 10, the most recent version of its operating system for consumer computers. Since then, IT professionals have been performing tests on the Windows 10 Enterprise version within the University of Minnesota environment.

The testing was designed to ensure a consistent experience for all who use the WiFi and Data Networks across the University system. This round of testing was successful, and the University IT community is now able to install this upgrade. Before updating, you may wish to confirm that your computer's hardware and software are ready for Windows 10, by checking with the applicable manufacturers and publishers.

University community members can install Windows 10 Enterprise Edition free of charge on University-owned devices with a pre-existing license of Windows 7 or 8. Download the installation image from download.software.umn.edu.

Many devices owned by students, staff, and faculty may also be eligible for a free upgrade from Microsoft. If individuals are interested in upgrading their personally owned devices, they can learn more about Microsoft's upgrade program from the Windows 10 website.

If you experience issues with this upgrade, please contact Technology Help.