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So Long, Windows XP!

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Windows XP was released in 2001, and has proven to be one of Microsoft's best-selling products. Faster and more stable than its predecessors (anyone remember Windows ME??), it offered a more intuitive approach to navigating via the Start menu and taskbar. It has outlived its immediate successor, Windows Vista (2006), and still has a niche for computers and/or users that were not ready for the big interface changes of Windows 7 (2009) or the even greater changes of Windows 8 (2012).

Yes, Windows XP has had a good run. But as they say - all good things must come to an end.

On April 8, 2014, Windows XP will reach its official End of Life. Microsoft will no longer provide any operating system updates, security patches, or bug fixes. This means that any remaining Windows XP computers become even more vulnerable to malware and hackers.

If you have a University-owned Windows XP computer, it's time to upgrade. This may mean upgrading your existing computer to Windows 7, but it may also mean purchasing new hardware. ITSS staff are available to help you make that decision - just call or stop by the ITSS TechCenter Help Desk (x8847, Kplz 165). Or visit the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor site.

To make the best use of University resources, and to encourage users to upgrade to a newer, more secure operating system, ITSS will end technical support for most Windows XP computers effective January 2014. Exceptions may be made for computers running specialized academic software, but in most cases we'll be recommending that owners upgrade the operating system and/or hardware as necessary. We often have used equipment for sale at the TechCenter that may meet your needs - just ask at the front counter.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact the ITSS TechCenter Help Desk at x8847, itsshelp@d.umn.edu.

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