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Windows 8 Support


[reposted from IT-DISCUSS@LIST.UVM.EDU]


As you may be aware, Microsoft released Windows 8 on October 26th. Although Windows 8 can run on most devices that currently run Window 7, few of us have had the opportunity to work with Windows 8, especially on new touch-enabled hardware. ETS will do our best to answer questions about Windows 8, but we may take a little longer than normal to resolve problems with Windows 8 as we gain more experience.

 In most respects, what works with Windows 7 will work with Windows 8. However, we suggest caution in deploying Windows 8, and recommend against deploying Windows 8 on systems that run business-critical functions. Although functionally similar to Windows 7, there are some striking visual changes that may be disruptive to change-sensitive clients. Similarly, we suggest delaying large-scale upgrades until there is broader experience with the new platform. If someone purchases a system with Windows 8 pre-installed, however, we recommend against downgrading it to Windows 7.

 As with past launches of new operating systems, we’re hoping to work with early adopters among the IT community and our more change-tolerant clients. Over the coming months, we will continue to explore Windows 8 application compatibility—including Internet Explorer 10—as well as deployment and diagnostic tools.

 One important note; Symantec PGP Whole Disk Encryption is NOT compatible with Windows 8. Instead, BitLocker Drive Encryption is approved for use on UVM-owned laptops and other systems requiring disk encryption.

 Details regarding Windows 8 deployment and support at UVM:  (work in progress)

 General information about Windows 8:

 Windows 8 support-oriented information:

 ETS software testing and evaluation:

 Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns,

Geoffrey Duke
802.656.1172 |
Sr System Administrator | Enterprise Technology Services | University of Vermont






Created at 11/5/2012 11:43 AM by MacKinnon, James
Last modified at 11/5/2012 11:44 AM by MacKinnon, James