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Microsoft no longer offering Windows XP support

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - As of Tuesday, Microsoft is no longer offering support for Windows XP -- a nearly 12-year-old operating system.

Those who have the operating system can still use the product, but if problems are encountered, it won't be fixable.

"Microsoft typically puts out updates and service packs to patch the product any time there are vulnerabilities found with the operating system, so as of today, they've discontinued that," said Glenn Williams, a Geek Squad consultation agent at Best Buy. "That means any kinds of viruses or infections, XP will be more vulnerable to that."

Hackers are aware that the support for Windows XP is ending Tuesday, and they are likely to take advantage of those vulnerabilities. Computer specialists suggest backing up all your date from your Windows XP and purchasing a new operating system.

The newest operating system is Windows 8.

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