What does this mean for your school?

If your school is still running Windows XP by this date, you may be exposed to potential risks.

You will no longer receive updates for Windows XP from Microsoft, including security updates that can help protect your school’s PCs from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products that are running on Windows XP. For example, the new Office leverages the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP. When problems arise, online and phone-based technical support will no longer be available to assist you or your school IT partner.

Where does my school go to find out more about how to migrate our school’s PCs off XP?

Please contact your Academic Reseller or partner.

Where can my school go to find out more about how Windows 8.1 can improve education outcomes?

Simply click this link:

Windows 8.1 in Education

Alternatively, learn more about how Windows 8.1 and other Microsoft technologies can support 21st century learning, with a complimentary Windows in the Classroom Seminar. To find out more, please visit:

Windows in the Classroom

When can I expect to receive the Windows 8.1 Deployment Kit?

It is important to us that schools are equipped with the very best tools for the classroom and management office. For this reason, schools will soon receive a Microsoft New Zealand Schools Deployment Kit. This is a ready-made software image of Windows 8.1 and Office 2013, along with step by step guidance for deployment. We hope this will help schools which may not have the in-house skills or resources to do this work.

Can my school PCs run the new Windows?

If you're running Windows 8 or Windows 7, the best way to tell if your PC and connected devices are ready for Windows 8.1 is to download and run Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant, which scans them and tells you if there is anything you'll need to do before or after updating.

Download the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant now

Find out about the requirements your school PCs need to meet to upgrade to Windows 8

Our PCs aren’t up to running Windows 8 (which will also mean they also can’t run Windows 7), we need to upgrade. What’s next?

Take a look at the Windows 8.1 PC buying guide. We’ll guide you through everything you need to know, from tablets to laptops to desktops.

Windows 8.1 PC Buying Guide

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