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Windows XP End-of-Life Overview

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.


What does this mean for ResNet users?

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.

  • Windows XP computers will be blocked from using the ResNet network.
  • Windows XP computers will not receive software or network troubleshooting support.

Why shouldn't I keep using Windows XP?

  • Windows XP no longer receiving updates from Microsoft means that it is only a matter of time until the device becomes compromised. If there is an operating system vulnerability that has not yet been discovered and patched by Microsoft by the end-of-life, there is a chace for a major virus outbreak.
  • Other software manufacturers will shortly stop developing Windows XP compatable applications.

What support is offered for ResNet users running Windows XP?

  • ResNet can assist you in the installation of a newer version of Windows. Students can purchase a new Windows version at a discounted rate at the Microsoft Store.
    • ResNet recommends upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8, but please verify that your computer meets the minimum requirements before purchasing.
    • Please note that this support does not include university owned machines. If you have a university owned machine and need assistance upgrading to a newer operating system, please contact Desktop Support or your department tech group.

My computer doesn't meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 7, what are my options?

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. 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 acms-help@ucsd.edu.