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Desktop Support


University Information Technology (UIT) provides the essential infrastructure to assist York faculty and instructors, and administrative staff in supporting their desktop computing environment. The principal goals are to provide a desktop environment that is reliable, secure and keeps pace with current technological trends.

Desktop services include both hardware and software support, such as the purchase, installation, testing and upgrading of hardware and software packages for both Windows and Mac

How do I get it?

How do I get help?


  • How to manually roll back to Win 10, (within 10 days) after your computer has been upgraded to Win 11?
  • Please follow instructions in this document - How to manually roll back to Windows 10 (docx).


  • The service covers only computer equipment (desktop, laptop, notebook, small mobile device, printer, scanner) that is university owned (not personal equipment).
  • Vendors for Desktops and Notebooks include:
    • Dell, Lenovo, HP, Apple.
    • Best effort support for other branded hardware such as Toshiba, Sony, Acer.
    • No support for clones or self-built PCs.
  • Supported Printer and All-in-One devices:
    • High volume printers such as Canon, HP, Xerox, Lexmark, Minolta.
    • Desktop printers from Dell, Canon, HP, Xerox, Lexmark, Epson.
  • Supported Mobile devices:
    • Blackberry and Palm devices.
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Microsoft: Windows 7
    • Apple: MacOS X


  • Support technician may opt to remotely access client’s computer to troubleshoot and resolve problem. Client approval is required for each remote control session. Mutual agreement on a service appointment shall be scheduled for each service request. Client may opt to observe remote session.
  • Automatic updates to Operating System and Security software (Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware definitions updates, Anti-Spam, Network Security, Administrative Firewall.)
  • Physical Desktop equipment security (cables, locks, consulting services with York University Security Services.)
  • Account Management (creation, deletion, password reset, lock account reset, special access to shared space, time restrictions, access restrictions by location – IP address and/or MAC address).


  • Software media and licenses are to be acquired by client prior to installation (unless already covered by Service Agreement).
  • Packing and shipping materials and boxes are to be disposed of by client – as per University procedures and guidelines.


  • Service hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Service Goals

  • High Priority (Tier-1) – 1 hour call back, 24 hour service appointment
  • General Service (Tier-2) – 2 hour call back, 48 hour service appointment