University to begin blocking Microsoft Windows XP machines from network

As of June 1, 2014, any computer determined to be running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system that attempts to connect to the Penn State network will be blocked and users will be unable to access University systems and services such as personal records, email and course registration. Penn State has determined that systems running Windows XP represent too significant a risk to allow them to remain on the University network.

Earlier this year, Microsoft ended support for the Windows XP operating system and Microsoft Office 2003 software and will no longer release security updates or provide technical support for either product.

While Windows XP and Office 2003 will continue to function, computers running either product will become increasingly vulnerable to malware and other forms of cyber attack. Antivirus software and other security technologies will not be able to fully protect computers from compromise.

It is important for Penn State students, faculty and staff to upgrade existing operating systems and software to better protect personal and University data. Students, faculty and staff can purchase the latest versions of Windows and Office at a discounted rate from Software at Penn State at https://software.psu.edu/.

Users with University-owned devices that need to be upgraded should contact their local IT staff or system administrator to discuss the best course of action.

Microsoft has created an easy-to-use website to determine if computers are running Windows XP at http://amirunningxp.com. Users who find they are still running Windows XP should be aware their computer and/or peripherals may not be compatible with newer operating systems or software and may need to be replaced. Compatibility tools are available from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at 814-865- HELP (4357) or itservicedesk@psu.edu.

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Last Updated May 08, 2014