April 29, 2013
Microsoft has recently announced that Windows XP End of Life is April 8, 2014. After that date, all patches, including security patches, will no longer be released for this operating system.
What does this mean for Baylor-owned computers?
Any computer still running the XP operating system will be blocked from the Baylor network beginning April 2014. You must begin planning now to have all computer systems in your department running Windows 7 by February 2014. ITS Client Services will assist you in this effort.
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 before February 1, 2014.
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 have to be re-imaged with Windows 7 in order to stay on the Baylor network. A plan for re-imaging existing systems that cannot be upgraded will be announced by ITS in August, 2013.
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 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.
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