Microsoft to stop supporting Windows XP

Amarillo, TX - Soon you may be at a greater risk of having your personal information stolen if your computer is running on an old operating system.

This April Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP.

This means they will stop software updates and anti-virus updates.

People who are still using Windows XP will need to update their system to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

We spoke with a computer  specialist, Andrew Brandt, who says, you will still be able to operate your computer, but it will put you at a big risk for viruses.

"What people need to realize is that even though your computer will turn on and still get on the Internet, you will still be open to where hackers and can get into your system and really wreck some havoc."

Brandt says there may be a learning curve with a new operating system, but it is not worth staying on an old one.

"The big thing right now is, if you are running on Windows XP then time is out, you need to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Come April whenever Microsoft turns off the switch for XP and stops running it, your operating system will be helpless to the outside word.

Brandt says if you have a computer that is 6 or 7 years old, your hardware may not be compatible for an update.
In this case it may be best to purchase a new computer.