Windows XP End of Microsoft Extended Support
Microsoft is officially ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. After this date, Microsoft will not release any security, reliability, or compatibility updates or patches for Windows XP nor will they provide support to solve issues with this twelve-year-old operating system. The remaining users of Windows XP are strongly encouraged to migrate to a newer and supported operating system as soon as possible. This migration could potentially require the purchase of new hardware that is capable of running newer, supported versions of Windows.
Microsoft is officially terminating extended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, after a twelve year life span. For about half of that time, Windows XP was the dominant operating system on Penn’s campus. With input from various University constituents, Information Systems & Computing (ISC) officially ended XP support at the end of FY 2012. Some members of the Penn community have continued to use Windows XP after that date, though at a declining rate. As of mid February 2014, the University's installed base of Windows XP is about 4.0%, or about 1,700 systems, the majority being desktops.
ISC strongly urges all users of Windows XP to migrate to a newer and supported operating system. Since many computers still running Windows XP are incapable of running current Windows operating systems, migrating from Windows XP often means a migration to new hardware as well. More recently purchased hardware may meet the minimum requirements for Windows 7, so an appropriate upgrade to Windows 7 can be installed; such upgrades can be obtained from the Office of Software Licensing. Please note that Windows 8.x works best with touch screens and other hardware that rarely shipped with Windows XP originally. Before migrating from Windows XP, users should examine their computer’s technical specifications and determine whether they need to purchase new hardware or if they can effectively upgrade their existing hardware to Windows 7. Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a recommended resource to assist with this determination
As of January 2014, approximately 29% of all Windows computers worldwide continue to run Windows XP. Because no further security patches will be developed, these computers will be substantially more vulnerable to security risks and prone to malicious attacks. Also, with such a massive installed base and no future security patches, effective Windows XP exploits almost certainly will come quickly. Since the risk of vulnerability is so high, Windows XP should not remain in use at Penn after the discontinuation of support on April 8th. It is vitally important that Windows XP users not leave themselves in such a tenuous position to help protect both the University’s data and the members of its community.