Unsupported Operating Systems


What is an Operating System? An operating system is a program designed to run other programs on a computer. Manufacturers will drop support for older operating systems over time. To determine your computer's operating system, click here.

Old operating systems that are not supported by the manufacturer are not supported by UofL. Some examples include Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, or Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier. Microsoft and Apple have stopped providing support for these operating systems. Because of this, any new security flaws found will no longer be patched and updated. This poses a significant threat to network security as well as to the computer. Additionally, current virus protection may no longer widely available for these operating systems.

Computers running unsupported operating systems must be upgraded or replaced before accessing UofL wireless access. Generally computers running Windows 95 cannot run Windows XP or newer because they will not meet the minimum hardware requirements required to run it (256MB of RAM, 4 GB of hard drive space free, Pentium 3 processor or higher, etc.). If a computer is capable of running Windows XP, you will need to search online to purchase a copy, as it is no longer sold on campus.

If you are wanting to upgrade your computer, you may be able to purchase an upgrade through UofL student discounted pricing if your computer's hardware is running these systems. Visit the UofL IT website for more information.