Windows XP End of Life

Microsoft announced it is ending support of Windows XP on April 8, 2014 and will no longer offer security updates, bug fixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. 

Because of this threat, the Geneseo network could also be compromised. To ensure security of the Geneseo network and all Geneseo systems, it is imperative that no computer on or accessing the College network is using Windows XP after April 8.

The security community has seen a significant drop in bug and security reports to Microsoft. It is strongly believed that organized crime and hacker rings are sitting on known security flaws in order to release massive amounts of compromised ads, software and targeted email to take advantage of these flaws that will never be patched.

If you have computers with software or hardware that is dependent upon Windows XP, leaving these computers attached to the network may soon seriously jeopardize your work. Worse yet, malicious individuals will be able to use a violated XP computer to access all the campus resources accessible to the user account currently logged into the XP computer. Hackers would have access to entire departmental file shares and server space. The scope of a single violated XP computer could be department- or even campus-wide, depending on the original role of the XP computer.

CIT strongly encourages all departments to upgrade the Windows XP computers they own - either with an OS upgrade or new hardware as soon as possible. Our Microsoft Campus Agreement provides for OS upgrades at no additional cost but if your computer is more than four years old, replacement is probably the best option. We do understand that a new computer could be an unexpected expense, but it is critical that you address these issues.

We do not have many Windows XP computers on campus but we do have some. Our goal is to migrate all Windows XP computers to Windows 7 before April 8, 2014. If you are running Windows XP on the Geneseo network after the end of support date, your computer may be taken off the network. This is to protect the integrity of our network and other users who use it. If you have computers running Windows XP in your department, please discuss with your TSP an upgrade or termination path. 

Computer Purchasing Options 

Departments can use these quotes from HP to purchase new equipment:

Home computers

Even something as simple as logging into myGeneseo or Banner Self-Service from your Windows XP computer at home will make your Geneseo account (and subsequently the entire Geneseo network) vulnerable to security threats. Don't take that chance!

If your computer currently runs Windows XP, there are two options to stay protected:

  • Upgrade your PC's operating system (Windows 8.1 is the latest version)
  • Replace your PC

Microsoft's advice for home computers

Do I have Windows XP?

A quick way to tell if you have Windows XP is by looking at the Start Button in the lower left corner. The Windows XP button is a rectangle.

Windows XP Start Button

For questions or concerns, contact the CIT HelpDesk at 585-245-5588.