Microsoft has announced that as of April 8, 2014, Windows XP will no longer be supported. According to Microsoft, after that date, “your XP computer[s] will no longer receive automatic updates.”
As a result, security vulnerabilities in Windows XP will no longer be patched, and Windows XP computers and the information stored on them will be at serious risk.
This warning applies to XP systems owned by the University and to those owned by individuals.
UD 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.
For further information, including links to more information from Microsoft, go to End of Windows XP at UD.
UD employees can also contact a department’s IT professionals or contact the IT Support Center by submitting a Help Request Form or calling (302) 831-6000.