Windows XP Support Ends April 8

Windows XP has been one of Microsoft's functioning operating systems for the past 12 years. You might be running your home PC on Windows XP right now. However, on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer be providing technical support or sending any security patches to XP machines. The same is true for Microsoft Office 2003.

What this means for you is that you should strongly consider moving to a modern operating system, such as Windows 8.1, if your home PC is still running on XP. After April 8, 2014, the lack of security and technical support will leave systems still operating on XP highly susceptible to malicious virus attacks or hacking. Even security patch updates could be exploited by malware.

SLU has already moved nearly all University PCs to Windows 7. If you are still operating on an XP machine here at SLU, please contact your IT representative or the ITS Service Desk at 977-4000.

It's important that you don't forget to assess the situation of your home computer. Updating your home computer involves two options: upgrading your PC or buying a new one. Very old computers will not be able to run on Windows 8.1, the latest version of Windows.

If you'd like to find out if your PC can handle Windows 8.1, you can download and run a Windows Upgrade Assistant to check if your PC meets system requirements for the Windows 8.1 Visit Microsoft's website to download the Upgrade Assistant at home and for more information. 

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