Windows XP End of Life
As widely reported at Tufts and in the press, Microsoft will end support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for vulnerabilities affecting Windows XP. Any university-owned computer remaining on Windows XP that stores or processes personally identifiable information (PII) after that date will be out of compliance with Massachusetts CMR 201 17.00.
If you have not already done so, Tufts Technology Services (TTS) strongly recommends that you contact us or your local support provider to discuss transitioning to Windows 7. After April 8, 2014, Windows XP computers will be more vulnerable to infection by malicious software, which can compromise your data, the computer’s performance, and infect other computers on the Tufts network. If an infection occurs, your IT group may need to remove your computer from the network. Your IT organization can help determine the best approach for upgrading your operating system, backing up your data, and creating a smooth and seamless transition to Windows 7.
TTS, in partnership with your local IT group, has multiple tools and services that can assist you with your transition to Windows 7:
- Identity Finder to locate PII on your computer environment
- Strategy and planning for hardware replacement logistics and prioritization
- Best practices for backing up data prior to replacement or disposal
- End user training and documentation to help you transition to Windows 7
- Consulting on network isolation for special cases that prevent upgrades (e.g. research lab instrumentation computers)
- Consulting on protection, removal or storage of personal information
Windows XP was released in 2002 is now 12 years old. In addition to the security and compliance issues, once Microsoft ceases support for Windows XP, vendors will stop making compatible software. As time goes on, users remaining on Windows XP will not be able to get the latest versions of the tools and services they use, thus creating disruptions to business and making collaboration between colleagues and students difficult.
Please contact 617-627-3376 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation with a support provider.