Windows XP Support Discontinued - Security Issue

03/31/2014
By Joanne Yestramski

As of April 8, 2014 Microsoft will discontinue all support for its 12-year-old Windows XP operating system, including security updates. This poses an information security risk.


By June 30, 2014, all computers on campus running Windows XP need to be updated or removed from the campus network. 


IT has identified 225 computers running Windows XP, but there are likely more. 


Of greatest concern are the computers that require Windows XP due to hardware compatibility or legacy application dependencies that need to be connected to the internet. If they do need internet connectivity, departments need to work with IT to develop alternate security measures to mitigate any security risk. 


The remaining outdated XP computers need to be upgraded to Windows 7 or swapped out with “reclaimed” machines running Windows 7. 


If you have a computer in your department running Windows XP, please contact the IT Help Center at 978-934-4357. Or go to http://helpdesk.uml.edu, and login with your UML credentials. Select "IT Issue", then select "Windows XP Upgrade."