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April 14, 2014

Windows XP to Windows 7 – What does this mean to me?

Microsoft’s XP operating system is at end of life and will no longer be supported by Microsoft effective April 8, 2014.  Information and Educational Technologies (IET) is upgrading all workstations and laptops with a Windows XP operating system to Windows 7 and have approximately 125 more upgrades to complete.

You may have been hearing on the news warnings about Windows XP end of life and vulnerabilities.  Click here to see an article about “the death of Windows XP”.

Please be assured that anyone using a VWCC workstation or laptop is in a protected environment and your workstation, files, etc., will not be compromised.  You will be able to continue to use your workstation and Windows XP until IET completes your migration.

If you have Windows XP, you can help IET by taking a few minutes to verify you have no saved data on your local drive (C:). You may want to check items that you have saved to your desktop as well. Any items saved on your C: drive OR on your desktop need to be moved to a USB, CD or a network drive if the items are work related.   Remember:  Work related files should always be saved on network drives, never on the C: or desktop.

 IET will notify you prior to your move from Windows XP to Windows 7 and some upgrades may occur over the summer so if you are faculty and will not be on campus, please be sure to delete and/or move of your files before you leave for summer break.  Also, make a note of any special software you use and verify that you have copies of installation media available to you.  IET will need this information before your upgrade takes place.

Please watch your e-mail for more information about when this upgrade will take place in your division/department.  Please contact the Help Desk if you have any questions.