Windows XP Death Watch – 1 Month Left

Are you still using Windows XP or know someone who is?


On April 8, 2014 Microsoft support will end for Windows XP. As a result ITS will no longer support the operating system. Any faculty, staff and labs that are still using computers running Windows XP need to upgrade to Windows 7.

There are serious implications related to using Windows XP after April 8, 2014. In addition to the lack of support, there are significant security risks. If your machine represents a security threat to Northeastern’s networks, your network access will be revoked.

How to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

If you are still using Windows XP and have not yet taken steps to upgrade to Windows 7, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or at to begin the transition to Windows 7. We are asking faculty and staff members to upgrade as soon as possible to ensure that we can accommodate requests in a timely manner.

NOTE: All computers must be backed up before the new operating system is installed. The ITS Service Desk can assist you with this process. Additionally, some older machines may be advised to upgrade to a newer model.

Want to learn more? Visit the Windows XP retirement FAQ page on the ITS website

Questions or concerns? Please contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or

Related links:
Windows XP Retirement FAQ page
Microsoft – Windows XP retirement page
CNET – Windows XP starts countdown to end-of-support on April 8 – Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 tutorial
PC World – Making the transition from XP to the Windows interface
Computerworld – XP’s retirement will be hacker heaven


Image Credit: Sophos.Com

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