This issue only affects computers running Microsoft Windows XP. To determine if your computer runs Microsoft Windows XP, look for the "This PC is running:" text on the Which Windows operating system am I running? web site.
Microsoft discontinued maintenance and security of Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. That means Microsoft does not plan to release fixes for problems or security vulnerabilities, which means computers running Microsoft Windows XP become increasingly vulnerable and exploitable over time. Therefore, we need to get Windows XP computers out of our environment (or at least off the network).
Since January, CAS IT has worked with departments to upgrade and replace Windows XP computers. Working together, we successfully reduced the number of Windows XP computers from 483 to 198 (of 2,932 computers) and we continue to work with departments still doing their upgrades and moves.
At this point in the process, we must ensure that our remaining colleagues using Windows XP realize the risk as well as the impending change and have opportunity to act. Therefore, we plan the following change timeline:
|June 27th, 2014|
After a Windows XP user reboots or logs in, a hideous, unchangeable background (wallpaper) appears noting the current risk and future cut-off plan. Thumbnail follows:
Every department does upgrades differently, so Windows XP users should contact their supervisor or department to determine current plans for the computer along with possible courses of action, which may include:
|August 11th, 2014||We plan to automatically disable Windows XP computer network access (unless we approve an exception request per the above).|
Windows XP at Home (Non-UNT computers)
Whether you plan to have your family IT expert or an IT professional upgrade your home computer, please remember: