Windows XP Must Go!

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It’s been a long time coming, but the end is nigh! Microsoft is ending all support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide operating system updates, known as patches, to correct flaws in the operating system.  The implications are that security vulnerabilities discovered in the XP operating system after April 8, 2014will remain unpatched. 

TSS has been systematically upgrading XP machines over the past year in order to meet the Microsoft deadline.

It is strongly recommended that anyone still using XP on their personal home computer or laptop upgrade to wither Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 before April 8, 2014.

Computer Lab Updates Coming Soon!

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Over spring break, TSS will be working hard to get two computer labs updated: the 4214 lab in the library and the 2329 lab for nursing students.

The lab in 4214 will be updated to laptops running Windows 8.1. New tables and the ability to share multiple screens onto the larger screen will better facilitate group work and collaboration for classes held in the lab.

The 2329 Nursing Lab will receive updated PCs that will run Windows 8.1. These newer computers will not support older storage devices like floppy disks. Although there will be a floppy disk reader available in the lab, nursing students will want to begin moving files stored on floppy disk to USB drives.

Update your Devices

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Have you updated your devices lately? Security is a major part of why updates are issued for phones and computers. This week Mac has addressed a serious flaw in security. The fix for users is simple: update your device!


Mac users especially will want to install updates. Here’s how:
For PC users running Windows, here is how to check for updates: How can I tell if my computer is up to date? Windows will either alert you about updates that need installed or report that “Windows is up to date”:

Also, anyone using Windows XP will want to consider upgrading soon. In April 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported? In general, your computer will not get updates, which means it will accumulate more and more security risks over time.


Updating an Android phone varies slightly, but here is the general how to update:
  • Go to Settings
    • Choose About Phone
      • Check for Updates
For more precise directions, search for the phone model online.