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Windows XP Mandatory Retirement on April 8, 2014

Updated January 2014

Microsoft has announced that it will retire the windows XP operating system in April, 2014. April 8th will mark the end of support, meaning that security and driver updates will cease on that date. There is widespread expectation of a surge in hacker attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in WindowsXP immediately following its retirement. The desktops and laptops running XP that TC has purchased do not have sufficient cpu and memory to run Windows 7 or 8. CIS will prohibit their use on the College network, and strongly recommends against anyone using them elsewhere because they cannot be protected against attacks. 

CIS is in the process of replacing all Windows XP desktops by the end of March. The College's central computer replacement "tech fund" budget will be used only for XP desktop replacements until that work is completed. As always, the tech fund can be used for replacements for full-time employees only, and the amount is limited to the cost of the recommended Dell PC. Departments will need to fund any difference between the Dell and Apple system cost, as well as replacements for part-time staff. Part-time staff may be given a hand-me-down system running Windows 7 or Mac OS 10. 7 or above if there is one available. Hand-me-downs must be erased and re-imaged and priority will be given to configuring new desktops for full-time staff who currently have Windows XP.  Departments are expected to fund replacements of WindowsXP laptops. 

Quotes for purchasing recommended configurations of desktops are found here:
www.tc.edu/desktoppurchase and for laptops are found here: www.tc.edu/laptoppurchase.   As the College's eProcurement system, Unimarket, is rolled out in the next 2 months, you will learn how to accomplish the process online. In the meantime, if you attach a recommended quote to a Purchase Requisition, you do not need to go to CIS for approval. You may contact the HelpDesk atcishelpdesk@tc.columbia.edu or x3300 for assistance, as always. 

If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Aracena at 
aracena@tc.columbia.edu or by telephone to x8231.