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About Windows 8 at Boston College
Microsoft commercially released Windows 8 on October 26, 2012. Learn more from Microsoft.
Windows 8 may have compatibility issues with the software and services you use on campus. Once these issues have been identified and assessed, the Walk-In Help Desk will offer Windows 8 upgrade assistance. (Estimated Availability: Spring 2013 Semester)
- Can I upgrade my computer to Windows 8 by bringing it to the Walk-In Help Desk?
- Why is Windows 8 unavailable for upgrade, at this time?
- Potential Compatibility Issues with Windows 8.
- Can I test Windows 8?
- When will the Walk-In Help Desk offer upgrades to Windows 8?
The Walk-In Help desk is waiting to provide Windows 8 upgrade assistance until important compatibility issues have been identified and assessed.
ITS believes it is important that no person lose access to software and services they need. Since Windows 8 may have compatibility issues with BC software and services, it is best to wait to upgrade. If you wait a few months, many of the compatibility issues should be identified, and possibly resolved. Once BC ITS is certain that Windows 8 will not cause serious compatibility issues, the Walk-In Help Desk will make Windows 8 upgrades available.
- Anti-Virus: The latest version of BC’s McAfee is not compatible with Windows 8.
- Touch Screen Limitations: Windows 8 is designed to work on touch screen devices. Most computers on campus are not touch screen, and therefore will not be able to utilize many features of Windows 8.
The CTRC has a Windows 8 workstation that students can use to familiarize themselves with the look and feel of Windows 8.
Estimated Availability: Spring 2013 Semester
Stay tuned for more information on Windows 8 availability at BC.