Windows 8 available for download but compatibility issues exist

Windows 8 start screen

Microsoft has released its newest operating system, Windows 8, and it is now available for download at no cost to CU-Boulder faculty and staff (including student employees). As is the case with most new software releases, there are initially a number of incompatibilities with commonly used applications and this is also the case with Windows 8. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) recommends upgrading only when applications that you commonly use are supported and compatible, and you have verified that your hardware can support the new OS. You can learn more about Windows 8 and download it by going to OIT’s Windows 8 webpage.

Testing of Windows 8 conducted by OIT has found incompatibilities with some campus services including PGP Whole Disk Encryption and the Cisco Virtual Private Network (VPN). If your Windows machine is encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption you should not upgrade to Windows 8 as this could result in a loss of data. OIT will continue to test compatibility with campus services and supported software and will report the results at OIT’s Windows 8 webpage.

Many industry analysts have pointed out that the home screen in Windows 8, while optimized for viewing on tablets and smartphones, can be confusing for PC and laptop users. In order to help you become more familiar with Windows 8, the OS has been installed on a computer kiosk for walk-in customers in the IT Service Center located in the Telecommunications Center. You can find hours and location information on the IT Service Center page.

The Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA) provides licenses as a common good to CU-Boulder faculty and staff (including student employees) for select Microsoft products and upgrades. More information about the MSCA can be found on the Microsoft Campus Agreement webpage.


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