Important Windows XP Update

Beginning April 8, 2014, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 and will no longer provide:

  • New security updates
  • Non-security hotfixes
  • Assisted support options, or
  • Online technical content updates

Continued use of Windows XP and Office 2003 will expose council systems to potential security threats. This is specifically a concern with councils using SellWise point of sale software. Microsoft’s end of support status impacts the required security controls (PCI) of processing credit cards. We are in contact with CAP Software to ensure they have a communication plan to help support this issue.

It is very important each council review its computer inventory and develop a plan to upgrade and or replace systems using Windows XP.  We are communicating this to you now in hopes that you can include the purchase of equipment in your 2014 budget.

When replacing or upgrading computer systems the National office recommends the following configuration:

  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system
  • Microsoft Office 2013

Windows 8 is not recommended nor supported for PAS/ScoutNET.  Please ensure your heavy PAS/ScoutNET user(s) have computers setup to support their needs.

We recommend contacting CDW at 866-875-4470 for hardware and software purchases.  Charity pricing is available.

For more information on Windows XP and Office 2003 end of life support, please go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx.

4 Responses to Important Windows XP Update

  1. Jenni Long says:

    Our Council has an “XP Mode” through which we’ve been accessing PAS/ScoutNET — the article gives the impression that Windows 7 IS NOW supported for PAS/ScoutNET — is this true???

    • Mike Shipman says:

      Thank you for your comment. Councils still need to use XP Mode to access PAS. However, to minimize security risk councils are advised to use Windows 7 and XP Mode only for PAS.

  2. Jeremy says:

    How long will we have to wait until Windows 8 IS supported by PAS/ScoutNET? Or any browser besides Internet Explorer? Those who wish to stay current or have been forced to upgrade through new hardware purchases are at a disadvantage trying to find older software to run on new equipment.

  3. Rick Clark says:

    I’m new to the programs ScoutNET. We have problems because we think we have to use Windows 7 and Windows XP (Windows XP to access ScoutNET). So can we now only use Windows 7.0?

    What is PAS? Is that different than ScoutNET?

    THANKS,

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