Windows XP Support Ends in April 2014. Stay Safe. Upgrade Now.

May 31, 2013

Microsoft Corporation has announced that it will end support for its Windows XP operating system in April 2014. Windows XP users are urged to upgrade at their earliest convenience to a newer version of Windows.

CSSD recommends upgrading to Windows 7. Students can obtain Windows 7 at no cost at any campus computing lab or 204 Bellefield Hall. It is also available to faculty, staff, and departments as part of the University's Microsoft Campus Software Agreement.

There are many reasons why it is important to upgrade to a newer version of Windows:

  • Windows XP will not be safe once support ends. Microsoft will no longer release security updates to repair critical vulnerabilities in Windows XP, which means hackers will be able to exploit new vulnerabilities almost immediately.
  • Support will not be available. Microsoft will no longer offer any support assistance (free or paid) for issues and questions related to Windows XP. CSSD also cannot guarantee support for Windows XP after April 2014.
  • Software may not be compatible. New programs released by Microsoft and other software vendors may not be compatible with Windows XP.

If you are a student and need assistance upgrading, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357]. We also provide consulting and guidance to departments who are working to upgrade their faculty and staff to a newer version of Windows.

If you are not sure what version of Windows you are using, click the Start button, click Run, type winver, and then press Enter. If you do not see a "Run" option, just type winver in the search box and press Enter.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] or submit a request online if you have any questions about this announcement.


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