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Windows XP & Security Risks


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Microsoft recently announced that no new security or features updates will be available for Windows XP after Thursday, April 8, 2014. After this date, any device running Windows XP will be vulnerable to exploitation by hackers.

How do I know what Windows operating system I am running?

To find whether you are running Windows XP or Windows 7, right click on the My Computer icon on the desktop and select "Properties." The computer's operating system is shown prominently in that Properties window.

What does this mean for personally-owned computers?

All faculty, staff or student-owned computers that are still running Windows XP should be upgraded to Windows 7 or Windows 8 to protect the personal data and University data accessed via email or the Internet. As part of our Microsoft Campus Agreement, anyone with a valid current BearID can purchase one copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 for personal use at the Baylor Bookstore for $15. The Bookstore computer repair staff can also complete the upgrade on your computer for a fee.

What about Baylor-owned computers?

Any Baylor-owned computer still running Windows XP will be blocked from Baylor's wired networks and AirBear, the campus wireless network, beginning on April 8, 2014. Make plans now to have all computer systems in your department running Windows 7 by that time. ITS Client Services will assist you in this effort.

What about Windows XP devices on AirBear?

Personally-owned devices running Windows XP will be able to access the Internet through the end of the spring 2014 semester. Network access will be blocked if a Windows XP device is compromised. Following hardware upgrades on AirBear in summer 2014 all devices running Windows XP will be blocked from the wireless network.

How do I get a list of computers that are running XP in my department?

The LANDesk departmental reports on the ITS website can be used to view a list of computers that are running XP in your department. NOTE: The default report list does not show operating system, so you must click the "Modify Query Fields" in the upper left corner of the web page, and then check the Operating System box. Next, click on "Advanced Query " and the refreshed list will include the operating system column. Click on the "OS" heading at the top of the column to sort by operating system. The computers running XP will be grouped together.

Once you have your department's list to review, please make every effort to give priority for replacing any computers running XP.

Can the operating system be upgraded without replacing the computer?

All primary category 1 computers should be replaced according to the four-year replacement cycle policy. Installation of Windows 7 began in January 2010.

If you have a computer that is not a category 1 computer, and cannot be replaced within this timeframe due to funding, it will need to be re-imaged with Windows 7 in order to stay on the Baylor network.

I am using software that only runs on an XP operating system. What should I do?

You may obtain approval from ITS Security to continue to use XP, but the computer will not be allowed on the Baylor network after April 2014. Contact the software vendor now to make plans to upgrade the software to run under Windows 7.

What are the system requirements for running Windows 7?

Here are the base requirements: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/system-requirements

What are the plans for running Windows 8?

Unless there is a software or hardware requirement for Windows 8, Windows 7 will continue to be our Level A supported Windows operating system. ITS will continue to evaluate Windows 8, but for now, it will be supported at a Level B or lower priority.

Confused about what to do?

If you have questions about the Windows XP transition that are not addressed here, please call the ITS Help Desk at 710-4357/HELP. We will be glad to assist you or point you in the right direction.

Revised March 6, 2014