Windows 10 – The Interface

Windows 10 is the newest operating system from Microsoft. It looks and functions very similar to Windows 7, but with some new and enhanced features. Like Windows 7, Windows 10 utilizes a Desktop for shortcuts to folders, files and software. Windows 10 also offers the Start button to access the Start menu, which list apps (formally called programs), as well as other features such as settings and power options.

Windows 10 maintains the Taskbar that displays apps currently is use, as well as frequently accessed apps (as determined by the user). The Taskbar also houses the Search bar, which was part of the Start menu in Windows 7.


Windows 10 also features Cortana. Cortana is a digital assistant for Windows 10 and other Windows devices that allows a user to give verbal commands to the device, as well as ask questions. Due to the verbal interaction of Cortana, Cortana is disabled on SHSU computers.

Windows 10 Roll Out Begins This Evening

Workstations are scheduled for a remote upgrade to Windows 10 this evening, after 6 p.m. Save your data from your C drive to either OneDrive or your S drive now! Otherwise, your data will be lost when your computer is re-imaged.

Please log off, but do not power off, your workstation each day before you leave.

The roll out schedule is available online. Please note that the deployment dates for the Bobby K. Marks Administration Building and the Estill Classroom buildings have been moved to Wednesday, June 7 through Friday, June 9.

For additional information, visit the Windows 10 website. And the Windows 10 Preparedness Checklist.

Direct any questions or concerns to the IT@Sam

Windows 10 Training Schedule

Windows 10 is an operating system that will replace Windows 7 on SHSU desktops beginning in May 2017 (see Rollout Schedule for details). This new OS amplifies productivity and provides protection against modern security threats.

If you would like training on Windows 10, check out the schedule and register for a training in Talent Management.



May 23 Windows 10 – Introduction 9:00 – 10:00 am
May 24 Windows 10 – Introduction 2:00 – 3:00 pm
May 25 Windows 10 – Introduction 2:00 – 3:00 pm
May 26 Windows 10 – Introduction 9:00 – 10:00 am
May 30 Windows 10 – Introduction 2:00 – 3:00 pm
May 31 Windows 10 – Introduction 9:00 – 10:00 am
June 8 Windows 10 – Introduction 9:00 – 10:00 am
June 12 Windows 10 – Introduction 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Windows 10 Pre-Deployment Reminder

Windows 10 is ComingFaculty and Staff PC workstations across campus are scheduled for upgrade to Windows 10 within the next couple weeks beginning Saturday, May 20, 2017. In preparation, please make sure you have completed the following:

  • Save your data from your C drive to OneDrive or your S drive. Otherwise, your data will be lost when your computer is reimaged.
  • Gather any passwords you may have saved in your web browser. Your connection with websites you use passwords and/or security questions will need to be re-established. Click here for details.
  • Verify any locally installed software (not managed by IT) or hardware (webcams, printers, scanners, etc.) are Windows 10 compatible through the vendor’s website.
  • Lastly, to aid in transferring your account settings to the Windows 10 environment, please log off, but do not power off, your workstation every day before you leave for the day.

Some things you should be aware of:

  • During the deployment, if we are unable to communicate with your machine, your upgrade will be rolled within the next 24-72 hours.
  • Should we run into difficulties, we may need to enter your office to work directly with your machine to restore service prior to the start of the workday. If this happens, we will leave either a business card or a note letting you know we were there.
  • With Windows 10, the Internet browser defaults to Edge. If you use Cognos, Internet Native Banner (INB) or Banner Document Management (BDM), you will need to access these applications through Internet Explorer. We have created a guide to show you how to pin Internet Explorer to the Start Menu.

For additional information and assistance, visit the Windows 10 website. And the Windows 10 Preparedness Checklist.

Please do not hesitate to contact the IT@Sam with any questions or concerns.

Windows 10 Tip: Do you know your passwords?

This month campus workstations will upgrade to Windows 10. This will make your workstation function as though it were brand new. If you take advantage of your web browser’s capabilities to save your passwords, you will want to make sure that you know those passwords. You will need to re-enter them after your workstation is upgraded.

Take time now to gather those passwords or go through password recovery processes to reset passwords that you do not know before your workstation is upgrades (see the rollout schedule). Use the following list as a starting point for important sites that require passwords:

  • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs, etc)
  • Financial Institutions (banks, credit cards, etc)
  • Professional Websites such as community forums
  • Training Websites
  • Google
  • Pharmacy
  • Benefits (ERS, UnitedHealthcare, etc)