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Why we are upgrading devices to Windows 11

Windows 10 is reaching 'End of Life’ and will no longer be supported by Microsoft.  

Upgrading to Windows 11 gives you access to the latest features, enhanced security, and improved performance on your UMD device. 

Benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 

  • Modern user interface: A fresh, streamlined design that enhances productivity and ease of use. 
  • Improved performance: Benefit from faster startup times and increased responsiveness. 
  • Enhanced security: advanced security features to protect your data and privacy. 
  • New features: access to new tools and functionalities designed to improve your work experience. 
  • Microsoft Co-pilot: an AI tool that helps you to be more productive.
  • Updated applications. 

When will my device be upgraded? 

Your local IT team will give you advance warning before you need to upgrade your device. You can upgrade at a time convenient to you over a period of several days.

What do I need to do? 

The Windows 11 feature update will install automatically but you can choose when to apply it. If you do not install it after a week, it will force your computer to restart and apply the upgrade automatically.

To get Windows 11 sooner, open Windows Update settings and select ‘Check for updates’. If your device is eligible and ready to run the newest version of Windows, select ‘Download and install’.  

How long does it take to upgrade?

Times may vary but please allow 20 mins for Windows 11 to install when restarting your device.

Get help 

Find out more about what's new in Windows 11 from Microsoft. You can also find out how to use Windows 11 on the Microsoft Support site.

Training materials on Windows 11 will be available soon. 

If you have any queries please contact the UIS Service Desk.