5 minutes to read | Last updated Nov 21, 2019
Every product has a lifecycle. When software products reach what’s commonly known in the IT world as “end of life,” it no longer receives free security updates and fixes, software updates, or technical support. That leaves computers running that software easy targets for hackers, viruses, malware, data theft and data loss.
Campus policy requires that devices connected to the UW network must run up-to-date anti-virus software and keep all operating system software, device firmware, application software and other software current with the latest security-related patches from the vendor. After software reaches its end of life, without action on your part it will no longer be in compliance with campus policy.
Click the buttons below to learn what you need to do if you’re using Windows operating system software that is reaching its end of life.