Last updated: 04-04-2018

Schools ICT recommends that schools use Microsoft Operating systems and Microsoft Applications that are supported by Microsoft. This will reduce the likelyhood of computers getting infected by malware or viruses, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the Schools ICT helpdesk on 01609 536086.


Microsoft provides technical and security updates on their products but as per all things this is not forever. It is strongly recommended that all schools upgrade or replace computers that fall outside the Microsoft Extended Support End Date.

For the very latest information please check out the Microsoft Support Lifecycle search page . This is maintained by Microsoft and so contains all the latest information

Important: if you use Microsoft Office to edit documents held in Office 365 OneDrive or Office 365 SharePoint, Microsoft only support the latest two versions. 

   How Do I Tell What Version of Windows  I Am Using?


  1. Power on your computer and wait for Windows to load.
  2. Click the "Start" button. 
  3. In the search box type winver.exe either press "Enter" or click the search icon your version information will display immediately.

Find Your Office Version  

Open any Microsoft Office product. Click "Help," then click "About." The window that pops up when you click this will tell you what version of Microsoft Office you have installed.

You have Office 2007, if you have the round Office button in the top left of the screen after you open Microsoft Word or Excel.