Upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10

Upgrade to Windows 10

To upgrade to Windows 10, please submit your request here: Windows 10 Portal

For helpful hints and tricks within Windows 10, please see these articles: Windows 10 Hints and Tricks.

The UCCS OIT Department will be sending prompts to upgrade all Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 machines before the fall semester. If you would like for your campus-owned Windows computer to have Windows 10 on it, please follow the instructions to request the upgrade.


  • The upgrade is free, there is no cost to you or your department.
  • Windows 10 has a start menu similar to Windows 7, which functions very much the same as 7. If you like the look and feel of Windows 8, Windows 10 will be very similar.
  • The upgrade will only take a couple of hours and you should not lose any information. While the chance of data loss is low, the OIT Department highly recommends backing up your important information on a regular basis, and especially before a major upgrade.

Let's address a few common concerns:

  • "Windows 10 is confusing or is not easy to use:" If you have used Windows 7 or 8, Windows 10 will feel fairly natural. They brought back the Start Button like Windows 7, but it still has many of the new features (plus more) than Windows 8.
  • "Windows 10 is still too new, it is loaded with bugs and doesn't work:" This is not true, Windows 10 is a stable operating system.


  • Windows 10 is much faster than Windows 7 or 8.
  • It requires less system resources so older computer are able to run Windows 10 and see faster speeds.


  • By upgrading, your computer will be as up-to-date as possible, meaning that you will not need another major upgrade for a while.
  • Since Windows 10 is the newest operating system, it will continue to receive updates from Microsoft, unlike Windows 7 or 8. This means that it will continue to be more secure, keeping your University information safe.

What to expect when you have submitted your request:

  • While the chance for data loss is low, we highly recommend backing up your information soon after submitting the request.
    • If you would like assistance with this, please contact the Service Desk at the information posted below.
  • You will receive a prompt within 24 hours asking to upgrade your machine.
  • Select 'Click Here' and the upgrade will begin, you may need to prepare for multiple restarts.

Step-by-step documentation for the upgrades:

Windows 7 

Windows 8


If you have any questions, please contact the UCCS OIT Service Desk.

To upgrade to Windows 10, please submit your request here: Windows 10 Portal