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.