Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and should not be used

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ended support for the Windows XP operating system.  This means software updates, including security updates, are no longer provided for Windows XP systems and the data that they store and access are at a greater risk of of being compromised. 

To protect the privacy and security of information at UVic, University Systems recommends that all computers running Windows XP be replaced or upgraded immediately.

If you have a computer running Windows XP, University Systems recommends that you take one of the following actions:

  • Replace the computer.  Standard university computers running Windows 7 are available through the Technology Solutions Centre.
  • Upgrade the computer.  Microsoft Windows is available at no cost for computers owned by UVic through the Microsoft Software Licensing service.  For assistance upgrading your computer, please contact your technical support person(s) or the Computer Help Desk (normal charging rates may apply).
  • If you already have a plan in place to stop using your Windows XP computer in the near future, this workstation can be isolated from the Internet for additional protection.  Please contact the Computer Help Desk to request this change.

If you have any questions about upgrading or replacing Windows XP, please contact the Computer Help Desk at 250-721-7687 or