Windows XP Is No Longer Supported

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support and update Windows XP. Even though your computer will continue to work, it could now become more vulnerable as security patches will no longer be available. In addition, Explorer 8 is also no longer supported or being updated. If you continue to browse the Internet using IE 8, you may be exposing your computer to threats.

What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?

Your computer will continue to work, but will no longer receive security updates from Windows Update. These updates helped protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other malware. Windows Update also installed software updates, new drivers for your hardware, and more and those will no longer be forthcoming.

How do I know which version of Windows I am running?

Click the Start button, click Run, enter winver and press Enter. Or, you can find out if you are running XP by visiting amirunningxp.com

How do I stay protected?

You have two options. If your computer is capable of running Windows 7 or 8, upgrade your OS. If it is not, you should consider buying a new computer.

How do I know if my computer can run Windows 7 or 8?

You can download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant.

What do I do if my WMU-owned computer is no longer supported and cannot be upgraded?

You should contact your departmental or college LAN manager.

What do I do if my personal computer is no longer supported and cannot be upgraded?

While your computer will continue to work, you should consider buying a new one running a supported version of Windows. If that is not a possibility, beware that accessing the Internet on a non-updated computer opens you up to malware attacks. And, beware that devices that are not up to date with security patches will not be able to register to use WMUnet, the University's network.

Contact the Help Desk at (269) 387-4357, option 1 if you have additional questions.