Product Advisory

End of Support for Microsoft Windows XP

Advisory Date:

18 February 2014 1000 (UTC-5:00)

Product Advisory Number & Version:

PA1402 VER 03

Effective Date:

08 April 2014

Advisory Description:

Microsoft Windows XP will no longer be supported

Impact Summary:

All client devices utilizing Windows XP must be replaced or updated to a supported version of Microsoft Windows

Overview

After 12 years, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that clients migrate to a modern operating system. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.

End of Support

After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system – such as Windows 8.1 – so you can receive regular security updates to protect your systems from malicious attacks.

If you are currently running Microsoft Windows XP on any of your computer systems, contact Georgia Technologies as soon as possible to make a plan of action for your organization. It is important for you to take action immediately. If you need additional information or need to find out how your business will be impacted by the End of Support of Windows XP, contact the Georgia Technologies Service Desk.

Website: georgiatechnologies.com
by phone: 912-489-9857

Potential Risks of Staying with Windows XP

Every day beyond April 8, 2014 your Microsoft Windows XP computers will become less secure. If your Windows XP computers are part of a network, then those computers will represent an increasing vulnerability to the entire network.

Security
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. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported.

Compliance
Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may find that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements. More information on HHS’s view on the security requirements for information systems that contain electronic protected health information (e-PHI) can be found here (HHS HIPAA FAQ - Security Rule).

Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support
Many software vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP as they are unable to receive Windows XP updates. For example, the new Microsoft Office software takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP.

Hardware Manufacturer Support
Most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on existing and new hardware. This will also mean that drivers required to run Windows XP on new hardware may not be available.

Your Questions Answered

How do I migrate off Windows XP?

Contact Georgia Technologies as soon as possible for a plan of action for your organization. As a Certified Microsoft Partner, we offer in-depth technical resources and expert guidance providing the best options to meet your business needs. Our deployment programs will ease the process of migrating from Windows XP.

How do I find out if my organization uses Windows XP?

As a subscriber of Managed Services, contact the Georgia Technologies Service Desk to request a free report of your business machines' operating systems. If you do not have a service agreement with Georgia Technologies, contact your IT administrator.

Can I still use my computer with Windows XP after April 1, 2014?

Computers running Windows XP will still work but they won't receive any Microsoft Updates or be able to leverage technical support. Accordingly, Georgia Technologies will no longer be able to provide support for Windows XP.

Where can I find more information about this Service Advisory?

Contact the Georgia Technologies Service Desk.
Website: georgiatechnologies.com
by phone: 912-489-9857

The official Microsoft End of Support notice may be found online at:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx