Microsoft to end technical support for Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2003

Heather Mannion
March 21, 2014

Microsoft is ending support for the Windows XP operating system and Microsoft Office 2003 software on April 8. After this date, Microsoft will no longer release security updates or provide technical support for either product.

Both Windows XP and Office 2003 will continue to function, but computers running either product will become increasingly vulnerable to malware and other forms of cyberattack. Antivirus software and other security technologies will not be able to prevent the compromise of data stored by the individuals who continue to use these systems.

Due to the risk these vulnerabilities create, it is very important that Penn State students, faculty and staff upgrade their operating systems and software to better protect personal and University data.

Microsoft has created an easy-to-use website to help determine if a computer system is running Windows XP at

Students, faculty and staff who use this tool and find they're still running Windows XP should be aware that their current hardware (computer system and peripherals) may not be compatible with today's newer operating systems or software and may need to be replaced.

Compatibility tools are available from Microsoft at

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

The latest versions of Windows and Office can be downloaded by faculty, staff and students from the Software at Penn State website at

For questions or assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at 814-865-HELP (4357) or visit

Last Updated March 24, 2014