Windows XP Blocked on Networks

Networks
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Microsoft ended mainstream support for the Microsoft XP operating system on April 14, 2009 (first announced in September 2007). As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft no longer releases security updates or provides technical support for Windows XP, leaving computers running this operating system vulnerable to malicious attacks.

Beginning on June 1, 2014, any computer (University or personal) determined to be running Windows XP that attempts to connect to the Penn State network will be blocked. This includes all Penn State residence hall and wireless networks on campus. Students can purchase a newer version of Windows online with an educational discount at https://software.psu.edu. Macintosh computers running a partition with Windows XP will also need to upgrade to a newer version.

Users who are running Windows XP should be made aware their computer and/or peripherals may not be compatible with newer operating systems or software. These devices may need to be replaced. Compatibility tools are available from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility.

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