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Windows XP Update

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:30 am

Still running Windows XP? If so, your computer will not be able to access the College Network due to a security risk. Please contact Helpdesk@cofc.edu to learn how you can restore your access.

Windows XP ‘Sunset’ Facts

  • IT began the transition to Windows 7 starting in January 2012.
  • Since January 2012, IT has upgraded roughly 2500 to Windows 7.
  • IT took numerous steps to communicate the Windows XP ‘sunset’ to users who were still running Windows XP on the College Network. Each action performed by IT below published a reminder about the detailed transition from Windows XP to Windows 7. Many actions below were repeated in an effort to reach all Windows XP users.
    • Updated Windows XP users’ login screen
    • Changed the computer’s desktop
    • Redirect all web browser homepage to the Windows XP announcement
    • Targeted email reminders
    • Published reminders not the IT blog and Administrative Information
  • Today approximately 99.98% of College Windows XP computers have been upgraded to Windows 7, or have been replaced with Windows 7 computers as part of the Computer Replacement Program.
  • On April 8, 2014, Microsoft and the College of Charleston officially ended all support and security patch distribution for all versions of Windows XP.
  • On April 9, 2014, IT removed 63 Windows XP computers from the College network to protect the integrity of the network and to maintain reliable network services to the entire College community that depends on it.

Windows XP Background Information

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft and the College of Charleston officially ended all support and security patch distribution for all versions of Windows XP and any older operating systems such as Windows 2000.  In addition, there are no longer any new security updates or support for any of these products. As a result, Windows XP is a significant security and business risk to the College since the computer will be far more prone to malware of all kinds.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions related to the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7, please visit http://it.cofc.edu/computing/software/windows-7/faq.php.

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