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Windows XP End of Life

On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will no longer support or provide updates for Windows XP and Office 2003.

What does this mean at Wesleyan?

This means that as new vulnerabilities are identified, there will not be patches available to protect our computers from possible compromise.  It also means that there is no support from Microsoft whatsoever should we need it.  

ITS has already been contacting users who have Wesleyan-owned Windows XP machines.  There are two options for these computers:

  • Update the machine to Windows 7

  • In cases where this is not possible with older computers, and it is necessary for specific academic purposes, such equipment will need to be disconnected from Wesleyan’s networks.  These machines will not have the ability to access the Internet, email or any other network-based services. 

In order to protect the entire network at Wesleyan, it is imperative that we take this action.  Desktop Support Specialists and Academic Computing Managers are happy to help provide assistance with these issues.

What if I have a personal computer at home? Any advice?

You should strongly consider upgrading to Windows 7 or replacing the computer. While this might seem very inconvenient, the security and data integrity risks of running XP beyond end of life are considerable.  Even current anti-viirus software may not be able to protect you from fast-approaching vulnerabilities. Additionally, with support gone, the applications that only run on XP will continue to become less available over time.  If you have been procrastinating, now is the time to take action to upgrade your personal technology. The Computer Store in Usdan is an excellent resource for questions and advice about your situation, and they have computing products available for personal purchase, as do any number of online or retail outlets.

Microsoft provides more detailed information along with an explanation of why products are discontinued.