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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING WINDOWS XP

Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.  After this date, Microsoft will stop producing critical security updates, making machines still running Windows XP much more vulnerable to viruses and malware. Hackers are waiting to take advantage of the lack of security. Faculty, staff and labs currently using Windows XP need to be upgraded to Windows 7 by April 2, 2014.

In addition, Windows XP was released 12 years ago and was replaced by Windows 7 in 2009. Windows XP does not support the latest versions of HTML for web browsing, Internet Explorer or modern hardware devices.

If your computer becomes infected with a virus, it will not perform properly; it may shut down entirely and you will be at risk of losing files, personal information, research data or passwords stolen.

Newer versions of Windows will be supported and offer much better security.

NOTE: If your computer represents a security threat to USF's network, your access to the network will be revoked.

Contact the Help Desk at 4-1222 (813-974-1222) or help@usf.edu to schedule an appointment to have your computer re-imaged and upgraded to Windows 7. 

We are encouraging faculty and staff members to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 as soon as possible to ensure that we can accommodate requests in a timely manner.  In preparation for the update, all of your data will be backed up and restored once the upgrade is compete. No data will be lost in the operation, but the process will take a few hours to complete.

Thank you for your understanding and helping to keep our network safe and secure.