Windows 11 Rollout at FSE

Important changes are underway that may impact faculty and staff at Fulton Schools of Engineering: the transition to Windows 11.

Key Takeaways:

  • Windows 11 is being automatically rolled out across FSE during 2024.
  • Windows 10 is going away in 2025.
  • Computers that can’t be upgraded will need to be replaced or taken offline.
  • IT Teams will contact end users.

Windows 11 was officially released on October 5, 2021. Some FSE systems have already been upgraded to this new operating system. However, some systems have not.

Windows 10 will reach its end of support on October 14, 2025. After this date, systems running Windows 10 will no longer meet ASU’s security requirements and will have to be upgraded or taken offline. Support staff and administrators are encouraged to start planning for this transition now.

Starting with the of Spring 2024, IT Teams will send out detailed reports tailored to end user systems and needs. These reports will provide specific information about how this change will affect each system.

End users do not need to take immediate action. End users may need to respond to requests made by IT Teams.

Users with questions or concerns are encouraged to reach out to their IT Teams, who are leading the upgrade process.


What is Windows 11, and why should I care about it?

Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft, offering new features, enhanced security, and improved performance. As a user, understanding this transition is essential for staying up-to-date and maintaining compatibility with ASU’s network.

How does Windows 11 differ from Windows 10?

Windows 11 introduces a redesigned Start menu, improved multitasking with Snap Layouts, enhanced virtual desktops, and better touch and pen input. It also focuses on security enhancements and better integration with Microsoft Teams.

Can my current PC run Windows 11?

Check the official Windows 11 system requirements. Ensure your PC meets the necessary criteria for a smooth transition.

What happens if I stay on Windows 10 after its support ends?

After October 14, 2025, devices running Windows 10 will no longer meet ASU’s security standards and will be removed from the network. It’s crucial to plan for the transition.

How do I upgrade to Windows 11?

If your device is eligible, you can upgrade to Windows 11 through Windows Update. Consult your IT manager for guidance.

What if my PC doesn’t meet Windows 11 requirements?

If your PC falls short of the requirements, consider upgrading your hardware or replacing your device. Your IT manager can provide recommendations.

Will my existing software and apps work on Windows 11?

Most applications that run on Windows 10 should work on Windows 11. However, it’s essential to test critical software before the transition.

Do I need to back up my data before upgrading?

No, for compatible systems, your data will be maintained on the new version of Windows. However, it is always a good idea to back up your important files to an external drive or cloud storage.

What about my peripherals (printers, scanners, etc.)?

Check for updated drivers for your peripherals. Some older devices may not have compatible drivers for Windows 11.

Can I customize the Windows 11 interface?

Yes! Explore the new Start menu, personalize your taskbar, and adjust settings to make Windows 11 feel familiar.

Is Windows 11 more secure than Windows 10?

Yes, Windows 11 includes enhanced security features like TPM 2.0, secure boot, and Windows Hello. These help protect your data and privacy.

Can I still use Microsoft Office and other productivity tools?

Absolutely! Microsoft Office and other productivity apps are compatible with Windows 11.

How do I get help during the transition?

Reach out to your IT manager or visit ASU’s support resources for assistance.

What if I encounter issues after upgrading?

Troubleshoot common problems using Windows 11’s built-in diagnostics or seek help from your IT support team.

Will my existing shortcuts and files transfer to Windows 11?

Most shortcuts and files should transfer seamlessly. However, it’s wise to organize and update your files during the transition.

What’s the timeline for the transition?

Start planning now! Familiarize yourself with Windows 11, check compatibility, and communicate with your IT manager.

What if my PC is not compatible with Windows 11?

If your current system is not compatible with Windows 11, you will need to start planning to replace it.
A small percentage of you may choose to switch to Linux if that better suits your needs.

My equipment and/or research relies on older computer equipment, what are my options?

We understand that some ASU equipment and hardware is tied to older versions of Windows, and upgrades may not be feasible. We want you to be successful in your work. Please contact your IT manager to discuss what options are available for you to continue getting support for your environment.