Windows XP support ends

Microsoft will discontinue support of Windows XP April 8

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11:39 a.m., March 13, 2014--Microsoft has announced that as of April 8, Windows XP will no longer be supported. 

According to Microsoft, after that date, "your XP computer[s] will no longer receive automatic updates."

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As a result, security vulnerabilities in Windows XP will no longer be patched. Even though some transitional anti-malware support will be offered through July 14, 2015, Microsoft indicates that XP systems and the information stored on them will be at serious risk after April 8.

This warning applies to all Windows XP computers.

University of Delaware IT’s advice is that you choose one of the following options:

  • Replace XP systems with Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems. For UD-specific purchase information, visit Computing Purchases at UD or contact the IT Support Center.
  • Use Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your XP system can be upgraded to Windows 7. If you are upgrading a University-owned XP computer, you can upgrade a system to Windows 7 using UD's Microsoft campus license. You may need to upgrade your computer's RAM or other components to meet Windows 7's minimum requirements.
  • If you have an application that requires the use of Windows XP past April 8, disconnect your XP computers from the Internet and from wired and wireless networks. Alternatively, if legacy XP systems require network access, put them on a private network behind a bastion host.

For further information, including links to more information from Microsoft, go to this UD IT webpage: Microsoft ending support for Windows XP

UD employees with questions can also contact their department's IT professionals or contact the IT Support Center -- submit a Help Request Form or call 302-831-6000.

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