Microsoft ending support for Windows XP
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."
Even though Microsoft will offer some transitional anti-malware
support for Windows XP through July 14, 2015, the end of XP
support means that after April 8, 2014,
Windows XP computers and the information stored
on them are at serious risk. According to
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your
computer should still work, but it will become five times more
vulnerable to security risks and viruses. And as more software
and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent
versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices
like cameras and printers won’t work with Windows XP.
What actions should I take?
Replace or upgrade your XP computer:
- You can replace your Windows XP computer with one that is running Windows 7 or
- You can check if your XP system can be upgraded to Windows
7 with Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
- You may need to upgrade your computer's RAM or other components
to meet Windows 7's
- If it is a University-owned computer, you can upgrade a
system to Windows 7 using
UD's campus license.
- For further information about upgrading an XP system, contact
your department's IT
professionals or the
IT Support Center.
Remove XP systems from the Internet or
put XP systems on a private network:
- If your department uses applications or equipment that relies
on Windows XP systems, we recommend one of two options:
- Disconnect those XP systems from the Internet on April
- Re-configure those XP systems you cannot disconnect from the Internet
with private, non-routable Internet addresses, including use of
a bastion host between legacy XP systems and the campus network.
(Contact the IT Support Center for more information.)
- If you have a home XP system, make sure you
upgrade the computer or remove it from the Internet and your
home wireless network.
Information from Microsoft
For further information, contact your department's IT
professionals or contact the IT Support Center by
submitting a Help Request Form or calling (302) 831-6000.
Last update: February 19, 2014