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Windows 10 Information & Recommendations

Microsoft has had the Windows 10 operating system in effect for awhile now and is actively encouraging users to update to the current version.

Bard IT’s recommendation regarding this update, from an announcement by Jeff Katz, is summarized as follows:


We ask that you NOT upgrade your Bard-owned PC to Windows 10 if prompted on your screens to do so.

We are now working toward a smooth transition to Windows 10 in the early fall that allows time for campus licensing, documentation, testing, & training. All computers purchased after this point will come with Windows 10 installed.

PLEASE see the FULL announcement as well as other Windows 10 information below.

Dear All,

Since this message is for PC users ONLY, Mac users may ignore it, and are now free to move about the cabin!

Users of the Windows 7 operating system have probably noticed alerts to upgrade to Windows 10.  Many operating system upgrades are small incremental upgrades that fix bugs and introduce a few new features, but don’t make any major changes. Windows 10, however, is a significant upgrade. It will add some new features, but it will also change familiar screens and procedures; it will fix some bugs, but it will also break some connections to software and other devices.

We ask that you NOT upgrade your Bard-owned PC to Windows 10 if prompted on your screens to do so.

We are now working toward a smooth transition to Windows 10 in the early fall that allows time for campus licensing, documentation, testing, & training. All computers purchased after this point will come with Windows 10 installed.

We have prepared a new Windows 10 page on the IT website that will gather resources, materials, videos, links to external resources, and FAQs  that will help users better understand the impact of the new operating system.

If you have questions about your computer’s operating system or the impact of these changes on your use of various software programs and connections to printers, scanners, or other devices, please call the IT HelpDesk at ext. 7500.

Jeff Katz
Dean of Information Services and Director of Libraries


Using the GWX Control Panel to Prevent Automatic Installation of Windows 10

You can install a third-party application to prevent installation of Windows 10 HERE.

What to Do if You Have Already Updated to Windows 10

  • You can revert back to Windows 7 (or 8.1) within 30 days of the day you updated. See FAQ’s for instructions (select Windows 10 tab).
  • We strongly recommend that you install a local user account rather than linking your computer to a Microsoft account. (See FAQ’s for instructions (select Windows 10 tab).
  • Disable peer to peer updates:

Go to:
Start menu > Settings > Update & security > Highlight Windows update on the left, click on Advanced Options, click on Choose how updates are delivered and turn the button to OFF under Updates from more than one place

  • Test all software that you usually run and contact the HelpDesk if your software doesn’t work.
  • Test all peripherals (any devices that you connect to your computer), as well as any network printers that you use and contact the HelpDesk if your hardware doesn’t work.
  • See the Windows 10 FAQs section on the BARD IT website for more information on Win 10. (On the FAQs page, click on the Windows 10 tab.)
  • Please email helpdesk@bard.edu if you have or are intending to upgrade.  At this time we’re tracking how many users will be on this new operating system and appreciate your help in keeping this accurate. 

Software Compatibility Issues

There are several software compatibility issues when upgrading to Windows 10 that you should be aware of. Following is a list of some of the major software packages known to be in use on campus, such as Microsoft Office, and their current compatibility status.

NOTE: Please check any other software in use by you or your department for compatibility, make note of it, and let the HelpDesk know if it is incompatible.

Windows 10 Compatible

  1. Microsoft Office 2013, 2010, 2007
  2. VPN software – Cisco AnyConnect 3.2MR10 (3.1.10010) and later
  3. SAS 9.4 and later; Edge browser is not yet supported
  4. SPSS 23 and later
  5. Adobe CS 5 and above

Not Windows 10 Compatible

  1. VPN software – Cisco AnyConnect versions earlier than 3.2MR10 (3.1.10010)
  2. SAS 9.3 and earlier
  3. SPSS 22 and earlier
  4. Adobe CS versions 4 and older have considerable numbers of software in the package that will not work on Windows 10
  5. Microsoft Office versions 2003 and earlier.

Hardware Compatibility Issues

Windows 10 Compatible

  1. The majority of HP laser-jet printers on campus will continue to work, some driver updates may be required.
  2. Pharos enabled Canon printers (card swipe printers) on campus.
  3. While Microsoft requires 1 GB RAM for 32-bit Win 10 and 2GB for 64-bit, we would rather you have 4 GB for 32-bit and 8 GB for 64-bit.

Not Windows 10 Compatible

  1. Inkjet printers, such as Epson, Lexmark, Brother, or Canon purchased for individuals may not work, especially older models no longer supported by the company.
  2. Scanners, copiers, fax machines and other external devices may require driver updates, unless no longer supported by the company that made them.

What’s New In Windows 10: Features/Changes

  • Internet Explorer has been replaced with Microsoft Edge
  • Multiple desktops can be created
  • Snap up to 4 windows into the screen’s quadrants
  • Tiles on the Start menu
  • News, weather, and other articles appear in the Start menu
  • Windows Media Center is gone – we recommend using the free VLC Player for playing DVDs
  • Notifications center is available as a drag-down menu from the top of the screen
  • Windows Explorer Home View shows a list of useful locations and recently opened folders/files
  • Windows Settings application takes over many of the Control Panel settings
  • Windows Defender now guards against malware and replaces Microsoft Security Essentials