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ITS Safe Computing

Microsoft Ended Windows XP Support in April 2014

Upgrade Your Computer or Disconnect it from the Internet

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft no longer provides security updates and patches for its Windows XP operating system (see Windows XP support has ended). If you are still running Windows XP, please upgrade your operating system. Do not connect to U-M networks or systems from devices running out-of-date, unsupported software.

Note: If you have a scientific instrument or other device that needs Windows XP to operate and have no other alternative, you will need to stop the computer running XP from connecting to the Internet. For instructions, see

Unsupported Operating Systems Are Vulnerable to Attack

For details, see these reports and articles:

Contact the U-M Computer Showcase for Help

The consultants at the Computer Showcase can help you figure out what you need to upgrade your Windows software, whether you choose to purchase the software there or elsewhere. If you'd like someone to do the upgrade for you, the Showcase has a for-fee upgrade and installation service.

Due to increased risk of hardware failure in computers more than five years old, replacement with a newer computer is recommended. If a new computer is the best option for you, the Computer Showcase offers a selection of computers at academic discounts for students, faculty, and staff and a for-fee data transfer service. Please remember to remove any data from your old computer and check out options for eWaste recycling.

Attention UMHS Laptop Users!

The U-M Health System (UMHS) required that all UMHS CorelImage devices be converted to Windows 7 before April 8, 2014. For details, see Attention UMHS laptop users still on Windows XP.