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Microsoft Stopping Windows XP Support

April 7, 2014, 4:57 PM by Matt Holsen

Microsoft Stopping Windows XP Support

If you've been hanging on to Windows XP on your computer, it might finally be time to upgrade. Microsoft will issue its last security update for the operating system on Tuesday. Not doing anything could eventually leave you vulnerable to hackers and more.

It's time to face the music; Windows XP is on its way out. Radio personality Dave Ryerson is a fan of the system, which debuted all the way back in 2001.

"I've seen Windows 7 and I'm sure they're way past that now and I can't figure that thing out. I guess Windows 8 looks like apps. I'm going to be sitting here poking my screen but it's not a touch screen so I'm going to have huge issues with it," Ryerson said.

Ryerson says his station opted to stick with XP over the years because of its stability. Now it's looking to make the change.

"I'm getting a new computer soon because I've got XP on here. Our network has used it forever. All of a sudden, I've got to learn something else," Ryerson said.

While many will move on and be just fine, others will stick with XP and that could make them vulnerable. If you don't plan on upgrading anytime soon, you could be leaving yourself open to hackers.

"Right now, Microsoft will make repairs for any security holes in your operating system and they have been doing that for XP. As soon as one hacker finds a hole or a virus finds a way to manipulate your system, everyone will be able to do it because they won't make a fix," LeRoy Clemetson with Computer Pros' said.

Clemetson has been helping businesses upgrade from XP to Windows 8. He says when he sees someone using XP lately, he's been suggesting a switch.

"They're worried about the change in the appearance of the operating system, Windows 8 does look different, but once you get used to it, you'll find it's worth the change," Clemetson said.

According to Net Market Share, 30-percent of all internet-connected computers in the world still use Windows XP. Big companies and even governments like the United Kingdom are paying Microsoft for support after tomorrow's final update.

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