After April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will be discontinuing technical assistance for the Windows XP operating system, including automatic updates that help protect the computer. Computers running Microsoft Windows XP after April 8th, 2014 will be at an increased risk of compromise and infection from malware. More information can be found at Microsoft's end-support page.
In order to remain compliant with the UCSD Minimum Network Connection Standards, systems running XP must either be removed from the network, upgraded to a supported operating system, including Windows 7 or 8, or replaced if the hardware is too old to run a supported OS. After April 8th, ResNet will no longer be supporting the use of Windows XP on the network.
If your computer too old or doesn't meet the requirements to install Windows 7, you will not be able to use that device on the ResNet network should a problem arise. One option would be to install Ubuntu or another Linux-based operating system, but this is recommended for advanced computer users only as these operating systems are quite technical in operation. Another option would be to upgrade either the components in the machine that can be replaced, or to purchase a new computer that is compatible with Windows 7 or 8. The UCSD Bookstore sells new computers at a discounted rate from the manufacturers.
If you have any questions about the end-of-life of Windows XP, please feel free to contact the ACMS Help desk at (858) 534-2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.