Windows 11 coming soon: What this means for Florida Poly

This notice appeared in the Weekly Phoenix between October 12, 2021 and October 16, 2021.

October 12, 2021

Microsoft released Windows 11 for general availability on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Windows 11 is a significant upgrade to the Windows operating system with changes to the user interface, more selective equipment requirements, and other extensive changes. It may take some time for equipment and software vendors to upgrade their products for Windows 11 compatibility. Because of the magnitude of these changes, migrating the University to Windows 11 will not be trivial.  

Technology Services is beginning to experiment and test our systems with Windows 11, with the general plan of beginning a large-scale migration to Windows 11 in Summer 2022. In the meantime, we will soon see new devices coming with Windows 11 pre-installed, so here are a few things to keep in mind:  

For University-owned devices: 

  • Florida Poly will continue to install Windows 10 until we have resolved all major compatibility issues between Windows 11 and University systems and infrastructure. Automatic upgrades on University devices will not install the Windows 11 update.   
  • For those who have administrative rights access to devices, we strongly urge you not to perform the Windows 11 update manually; if you do so, we may be unable to support or diagnose various problems on the device unless it is wiped clean and downgraded back to Windows 10.  

For personal devices used on-campus: 

For students, faculty, and others bringing personally-owned devices to campus, we may not be able to resolve incompatibility problems with University systems if those devices are running Windows 11. We will make our best effort to assist with these problems, but cannot guarantee that all University systems or licensed software tools will function correctly with Windows 11.  

Please contact the Help Desk or call 863-874-8888 for any questions related to planning for Windows 11.