Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 Ended

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ended support for the decade-old Windows XP. This means you will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for Windows XP from Microsoft. Support of Microsoft Office 2003 has also ended on the same date.

Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Antivirus software will also not be able to fully protect you.

Links provided by Microsoft:


If you're still running WinXP here are a few options to take into consideration:

  • Upgrade the operating system;
  • Isolate machine through private IP;
  • Decommission machine.

Upgrade OS

Backup data, rebuild with new O/S

Run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (to confirm hardware compatibility)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20

Run Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

Follow Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 tutorial.


Isolate machine through private IP

Move machine in RAMP from 129.100.x.x address to 172.x.x.x

http://uwo.ca/its/ramp/


Decommission machine

Copy data off machine and run DBAN to erase contents of Hard Disk

Guidelines for Disposal


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