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Time to Upgrade from Windows XP and Office 2003

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will stop providing security updates for both Windows XP and Office 2003.
Time to Upgrade from Windows XP and Office 2003

Windows XP End of Life: April 8, 2014

At that time, those two products will no longer meet the campus CyberSafety policy standards, and they will present an increasing risk to the security of our networks, data, privacy, and ongoing research.

Consequently, DSS IT is undertaking an initiative to upgrade Windows XP workstations to Windows 7 and Office 2003 to Office 2010 (or 2013) prior to 4/8/2014.

Approximately 200 workstations in DSS departments need to be upgraded.

In the coming months, we will be contacting PIs and individual workstation users to schedule these upgrades.

We do understand that some exceptions will be needed, such as instances where a computer is being used to run a research instrument or software package that does not yet support newer operating system versions. In those cases, the PI will need to write an exception request letter, which must be vetted and approved by the campus CISO (Chief Information Security Officer). We will also need to take steps to isolate these computers from the network.

Typically, one of these upgrades takes one full business day. All of the user data on the computer is backed up prior to the upgrade, then restored after the upgrade.

In almost all cases, these upgrades are a good opportunity to “clean house” by updating to current application versions, removing old and unused user accounts, and generally cleaning out the junk that accumulates on a computer, slows it down, and causes errors. Many of you will find that this process results in a significant performance boost for your older computers.

This may also be a good opportunity to replace some of your older workstations. One option you might find useful is our computer rental program.

If you would like to proactively schedule an upgrade, please submit a ticket.

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