University of Leeds



Windows 7

Project Description

Microsoft will be ending support for the Windows XP Operating System in early 2014, after which operating system updates and security patches will cease.  It is also likely that suppliers (hardware and software) will end support for XP sometime before this date. Given the University's investment in Microsoft infrastructure, the wide range of software demanded and the need to minimise disruption to our research, teaching and administration, the only feasible option is to move to Windows 7.   To ensure this done in a controlled and managed way, the Windows 7 project is underway, delivered jointly by ISS and faculty IT staff.

The target end date for the migration of all staff and research machines to Windows 7 is end December 2013.

Useful resources

Migration resources for faculties and services

University of Leeds application compatibility database

User State Migration Tool (USMT) for IT staff

Getting started with Windows 7  - quick reference guides and videos

Project Overview

Phase 1 of the Windows 7 project focused mainly on the feasibility of moving University clusters to Windows 7, looking at hardware readiness, software compatibility and image creation.  All clusters moved to Windows 7 at the start of academic year 2011/12.

Phase 2, which commenced in September 2011, focuses on delivery of the framework, standards, tools and processes to enable faculty / service IT staff to deploy Windows 7 to their staff and research users in the most efficient way.  Phase 2 has delivered:

  • Eminentware for updating non-Microsoft products on PCs across campus
  • Faculty / service utilisation of SCCM
  • Software compatibility database 
  • Data migration toolkit (User State Migration Tool)
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) for the production and management of Windows staff images 

Phase 2 continues to monitor the progress of faculty / service Windows 7 migrations towards the target completion date of end December 2013, and will also see the implementation of MDT for the production of departmental cluster images.


  • A unified approach to the implementation and ongoing support of Windows 7 by ISS and faculty / service staff will promote consistency and standardisation of processes, reduce duplication of effort and therefore cost.
  • By migrating the majority of PCs to Windows 7, the University will minimise the risks associated with running an unsupported Windows XP operating system where there will be no security updates or bug fixes beyond April 2014.
  • The introduction of Windows 7 will enable the University to investigate new technologies and functionalities both to improve the user experience and improve the manageability of computer clients using Windows 7.  For example, Windows 7 offers improved accessibility features, improved language support, a more robust user interface and improved support for peripheral devices.
  • The University will have a support infrastructure in place to facilitate future operating system rollouts.
  • The University will have an environment that is prepared for the release of 64bit applications as application providers cease support for XP.

Project Steering Group




Project Sponsors

Mark Conmy


Senior Users

Denise Bower

Mitch Waterman

John Sheard


Meds & Health

Representing Windows Client Group

Senior Supplier

David Barker


Project Manager

Michelle Hewitt


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