Windows XP End of Life -- April 8, 2014

Microsoft's End of Extended Support for Windows XP was April 8, 2014 (see: ).  This means that Microsoft is no longer developing or releasing security or other updates for Windows XP that guard against viruses, spyware or intrusion by hackers.  All systems on the JLab network are required to be patched!  For Windows XP, this is no longer possible.  In order to protect other systems throughout the lab, systems running Windows XP (or earlier) are no longer allowed to connect to the network or the guest network.

The CNI group has been working with users to migrate everyone to Windows 7 systems, or, in limited cases perform in-pace upgrades to Windows Vista before the deadline.  Currently, all XP systems have been upgraded, are quarantined or on other restricted networks as the last few upgrades are completed.

There is still some software out there that will only run on Windows XP.  It is the responsibility of software authors or vendors to maintain their products and produce updates or new versions that run on current, supported operating system versions.  Unfortunately, some are lagging behind on these version releases.  Below is a list of questions intended to assist you in making this transition and working with vendors

Are you a Windows XP user?

At this point, hopefully not, but if you are unsure, right-click on Computer (My Computer) and go to Properties to find your Windows Edition

What non-CUE software are you running?

Common User Environment (CUE) software and Core CUE software consists of Microsoft Office, Symantec Anti-Virus, Firefox, Thunderbird, PuTTY, XMing, Adobe Reader, Java, and Flash and Shockwave Players.  Please determine what other software you use to do you job.

Is your non-CUE software compatible with a supported version of Windows?

For a list of Windows versions supported at JLab, see For information regarding other software, "supported platforms" information can generally be found on the vendor's website or by calling the vendor.

If no, ask the vendor if they have a newer version compatible with Windows 7.

Will your PC support current versions of Windows?

Please visit our Windows 7 Support page for assistance with answering this question.

Have upgrade costs (for updates to application software and any necessary system upgrades) been included in your upcoming budget?

Check with your supervisor immediately.

Since Microsoft’s End of Extended Support for Windows XP has passed, systems running it are no longer able to interact with other systems at the lab in any way that might allow the propagation of malicious software or intrusion by bad actors. This includes all network connectivity, or even interaction through removable media (“sneaker net” since all these methods provide opportunity for malicious activity to spread.

XP systems can no longer:

  • Send/receive Email
  • Access the lab's file servers (the J, K, L, and M drives, or any other network-based file systems)
  • Access the internet (not even whitelist proxy access)
  • Access internal networks
  • Print to network printers
  • Transfer data to/from other systems using removable media (thumb drives, external USB or ESATA drives, CD-ROM, or floppy disk)