Goodbye Windows XP

Posted: September 4, 2013

Microsoft support for computers running the Windows XP operating system will end in April 2014. Users should begin making plans for upgrade or replacement of these computers to ensure they can safely be connected to the College or county networks.

Microsoft has announced that they are discontinuing support of the Windows XP operating system as of April 8, 2014.  An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates/patches. These include security updates that protect computers from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Computers running XP after April 8th will be vulnerable and will pose a security risk to the PSU network. As a result, XP computers may no longer be permitted to connect to the PSU network.

Ag IT is currently developing a plan for identifying and upgrading XP computers to the more secure Windows 7 operating system. We will be providing a list of requirements that computers will need to meet, in order to be eligible for upgrade by Ag IT. More details on system requirements will be made available in the near future.

At this time, we encourage you to inventory your Windows XP computers to determine:

  • What XP computers are in service and will require upgrade to Windows 7.
  • What XP computers are in service that may not meet upgrade requirements and begin planning for their replacement.
  • What computers are running software or connected to instrumentation that require updated software compatible with Windows 7.

More information about this project will be made available in the near future. In the meantime, if you have specific questions, please feel free to contact the Ag IT Help Desk and one of the Consultants will be happy to discuss your individual concerns.