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Windows XP end-of-lifeXP Demise – Upgrade with IT Now

1/17/2014

On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP. XP is now 12 years old. Microsoft will no longer be releasing security patches for XP after April. This puts any XP computers at an extremely-high risk of getting a virus. Those viruses could easily spread to the UW network, damaging the university’s computing infrastructure. For this reason, starting in April internet access will be restricted to any computers running XP and further restrictions may be required to protect the UW community.

Microsoft will also no longer test changes to their products with XP. If there is a problem with a Microsoft product on a computer using XP, Microsoft will not fix it. This is of special concern with Office 365, which is updated with changes regularly. At some point after April 8th, it is likely that Office 365 will not function properly on a computer running XP.

For these reasons, IT would like to help you upgrade to Windows 7. If you are using Windows XP, please contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1, or userhelp@uwyo.edu, to schedule a time to upgrade.

Windows 7 is free for any UW owned computers and IT user consultants are available to assist departments with this conversion. Windows 7 has numerous advantages, including:

  • New powerful "Search" capabilities, which can substantially improve productivity.
  • Utilizes memory (RAM) better than Windows XP, meaning Windows 7 will better perform on your existing computer hardware.
  • Enhanced security and customizable firewall
  • If your hardware is 64-bit capable, Windows 7 64-bit can enhance performance even further.

For customers who have computers that are too old to run Windows 7, IT still has a few 3- year old computers available to purchase for $150. IT is taking requests for these computers on a first come first serve basis.

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