Date published: 10/14/2013

When will Microsoft cease all support for Windows XP?
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will cease all support for computers running on Windows XP.  There will no longer be security updates, hotfixes, and free or paid assisted support options by phone or via the web from Microsoft after this date.

What does this mean if my computer is still running on Windows XP after April 8, 2014?
Your computer will be more vulnerable to attackers. Typically, attackers/criminals will reverse engineer Windows security updates to identify the specific section of codes that contain vulnerabilities addressed by the updates.   When the vulnerabilities have been identified, attackers will develop codes to exploit them on systems that don’t contain the security updates.  If vulnerabilities exist in one version of Windows, attackers will look for the same vulnerabilities in other versions of Windows. Future security updates for Windows 7 and 8 will be reverse-engineered to exploit the security holes on unsupported Windows XP computers. Since new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after April 8, 2014, will not be addressed by security updates from Microsoft, computers still running on Windows XP will be at the mercy of attackers.

What can I do if my computer is still running Windows XP after April 8, 2014?
If your computer’s hardware meets the recommended requirements for Windows 7 then it’s time to upgrade. All departmentally owned computers are eligible to run any version of the Windows operating systems under the terms of MCCA. Please contact the UCLA Psychology IT Helpdesk if you would like to upgrade.

If your computer does not meet the recommended requirements for Windows 7 then it’s time to purchase a new computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8.

What are the recommended hardware requirements to run Windows 7?

Processor: Intel Core 2 Dual 1.8 GHz or greater (4MB Level 2 Cache)
Memory:  2GB DDR2 RAM is the minimum (4GB+ recommended)
Hard drive: 31GB of free space (100GB+ SATA)
Graphics:  Dedicated 128MB/Nvidia Geforce 7300/ATI Radeon X1300 or greater
Optical Drive: DVD +/- RW

Where should I go to make hardware purchase(s)/upgrade(s)?

We have a campus agreement with KSTDATA.

Applications and equipment I use are only compatible with Windows XP and will not run on Windows 7 or Windows 8. What can I do after April 8, 2014?

  • Disconnect the computer from the network or connect it to a private network.
  • Only use the computer for applications or equipment connected to it for your own purposes.
  • Update your computer’s antivirus/antimalware application(s) and scan your computer more often.
  • Enable Windows XP’s firewall (should be on by default).
  • Be mindful of files you put on the computer that are obtained through emails, the web, or USB drives.
  • Be mindful of websites that you visit, especially sites with pop-up windows that ask you to download files or run web applications. Enable the pop-up blocker on your web browsers.

Who can I contact in the UCLA Psychology Department if I have more questions?
Please enter a helpdesk ticket with your questions and an IT support person will assist you (register if you don’t have a helpdesk account).

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