Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Almanac Vol. 60, No. 26
If your computer runs Windows XP, you must update it now!
Microsoft has announced that it will no longer support its Windows XP operating system (OS) after April 8, 2014. This means that there will be no more updates or patches available for this OS, resulting in an immediate and serious risk to the security, reliability and compatibility of any computer running XP.
Penn estimates that there are currently 1,600 systems still running Windows XP on campus. Because of the risk of continuing to run XP, all 1,600 systems must be migrated or replaced before the April deadline. The risks of not transitioning to a new OS include exposure and/or loss of data, removal of network access, fines and reputational damage.
- If you think you may have a computer that is still running XP, visit http://amirunningxp.com from that computer. This website will check your OS and tell you whether or not you need to take action.
- If you determine that your computer is running XP, talk to your Local Support Provider (LSP) about options. The Computer Connection is stocking both discounted upgrades to the Windows 7 operating system as well as affordable new computers for those that need new equipment.
Time is running out and this transition should be done as soon as possible to help protect University data, the Penn network, and the critical applications and projects that depend on both.
If you need help identifying your LSP, write to firstname.lastname@example.org