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Windows XP End of Life


All computers running Windows XP need to be upgraded or replaced by April 8, 2014.

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Windows XP announcement

Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue all support for Windows XP beginning April 8, 2014.  This means that any computer running XP will be open to security risks and viruses. 

Because of this threat, the W&M network could also be compromised.  To ensure security of the W&M network and all W&M systems, it is imperative that no computer on or accessing the College network is using Windows XP after April 8.  Internet access will be restricted from Windows XP computers beginning April 9.

Learn more about this change from W&M IT's Academic Technology Specialist, Pablo Yañez: End of Bliss, or, Why You Should Think About Upgrading from Windows XP

W&M computers

Most college-owned Windows computers no longer run Windows XP as they are part of the ESP leasing program and updated every 4 years. 

However, there are a handful of PCs at W&M that use Windows XP for research-related reasons (software applications, scientific research, collect data, or to operate equipment/experiments).  If your computer falls into this category, contact your department's Academic Information Services Engineer for help in finding a possible solution to meet your needs. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  In an effort to ensure network security, Windows XP computers on the W&M network will be restricted from Internet access beginning April 9.

Home computers

Even something as simple as logging into OWA or Banner Self-Service from your Windows XP computer at home will make your WMuserid account (and subsequently the entire W&M network) vulnerable to security threats.  Don't take that chance!

If your computer currently runs Windows XP, there are two options to stay protected:

  • Upgrade your PC's operating system (Windows 8.1 is the latest version)
  • Replace your PC

Microsoft's advice for home computers

For all questions or concerns, contact the Technology Support Center at 757-221-4357 (HELP), [[support]].