Computing Services

The department behind IT services at the University of Bath

Tagged: Windows 10

Windows 10 is ready for launch.....

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📥  Software Delivery

Staff at the University can use our form to register interest in having Windows 10 installed on their work PC.

Why do I want Windows 10?

Based on the Anniversary update of Windows 10, the University deployment includes: great new enhancements to the Start Menu, a better way to organise the apps you're working with using Task View & Virtual Desktops, the Action Centre and Microsoft’s new modern, secure web browser, Microsoft Edge. We’re also bundling in the latest edition of Microsoft Office 2016.

Freedom to do more – with the new Software Center included as standard, you have the freedom to install apps you need and to schedule Windows updates for when you aren’t in the office.

  • It’s all about speed – Windows 10 has a much faster boot up time
  • Security is key – Windows 10 has improved security features across the whole system
  • Microsoft Office 2016 – use the latest version of Office to complete your tasks
  • Cutting edge - a sleek and modern design, Windows 10 is a cutting edge OS.

Training and Support

You can book onto our Windows 10 self-paced training course. These run from May.  Alternatively, you can download the manual from Moodle and work through at your own pace.

The Microsoft Windows 10 Getting Started index runs you through features Windows 10 has to offer complete with handy videos.

Key things to note

  • Before your upgrade you’ll need to make sure any files on the C drive are backed up to a safe place not on your PC.
  • The installation process from start to finish should take approximately one hour, so please allow time for that. You might wish to request an upgrade appointment with your IT Supporter near the end of the day.

 

Windows 10 privacy concerns

  

📥  Computing Services

Microsoft launched Windows 10 at the end of July. You might have downloaded it already, but since its release concerns have been raised in the media about the security of your data.

So, is Microsoft spying on you? Well, as the old saying goes, there's no such thing as a free lunch. If you are a regular user of social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) or you own a smart phone, chances are your operating system will already know a lot about you, that’s how it tailors ads towards you and suggests people you can ‘friend’ on Facebook.

A women looking at a laptop with a spy glass

 

In a sense then, Microsoft is only doing what many other platforms are doing already. This article explains the privacy settings further and how you can customise them to better suit your needs.

You do have a year to decide to upgrade or not and you can read our Windows 10 statement here. While we currently are not rolling out Windows 10 on University owned PCs, if you have downloaded it on your personal device, our IT Support team will be happy to help you with any questions.