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Engineering Network Services

Windows 8 and 8.1

Please note that Windows 10 is the operating system that ships with Windows workstations now. The information below is dated and ENS is working towards finding the best solution for our College.

Windows 8 was released to general availability in October 2012, but we have found that there are some support issues with Windows 8 and 8.1 and our networked computing environment (see below). Further, the feedback we have had from many of our clients about the new user interface is overall not very positive. For these reasons, ENS does not recommend that you upgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1.

ENS does not have any plans to provide Windows 8 in the computer labs or the Mobile Desktop. We support Windows 8 in a limited capacity.

Upgrading to Windows 8

Personal computers purchased by Engineering students and faculty may be eligible to receive Windows at no cost through the Microsoft Imagine.

Consider the following when considering an upgrade to Windows 8:

  • Some older software may not be compatible with Windows 8. We recommend that you check with the individual software vendor to determine compatibility.
  • According to third party reports, hardware performance may be the same or slightly better with Windows 8. From the enterprise perspective, there is no compelling business case to ugprade.
  • The new Windows 8 user interface known as "Metro" can take some getting used to. It is essential that you take some time to become familiar with the interface, and recognize that as with any new interface, you will likely see a productivity drop until you master it. We recommend that you take advantage of some kind of in-person or online training (see below.) ENS does not offer training.

If you are considering making the upgrade to Windows 8, we highly encourage you to talk with one of our support technicians to help you determine the benefits and drawbacks for your particular needs.

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This document last modified Monday December 11, 2017

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