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Windows XP Alert

On August 1st, Windows XP will be permanently blocked from running on Dartmouth's network unless it is behind a special segment of the network set up specifically to limit access to these machines. If a vulnerability that affects Windows XP is discovered prior to August 1st, Windows XP will be blocked immediately. This includes Macintosh computers that are running Windows XP in any virtual environment (via parallels, boot camp, VMWare, etc.).

Microsoft discontinued support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. Since its release 13 years ago, Windows XP has been notoriously buggy from an information security standpoint; to the extent that Microsoft completely redesigned the subsequent version of the Windows operating system to fundamentally improve the information security architecture.

With the formal end of support for Windows XP, Microsoft will no longer address XP security exposures. Due to its widespread adoption over the past 13 years, Windows XP is now considered a significant risk to our entire community.

If you have not already upgraded to Windows 7 or 8, or have not worked with Information Technology Services staff to ensure your computer is segmented from the rest of the network, contact your school's IT support office for assistance or email Otherwise, on August 1st, if not before, your Windows XP computer will no longer have access to Dartmouth's network.

Last Updated: 5/30/14