(WXYZ) - After 12 years, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on Tuesday, April 8.
What this means is there will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating systems.
These security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer.
They will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for downloads on Windows XP.
Microsoft is urging users of Windows XP to move to a more current operating system to receive regular security updates and protect their computers.
There are a lot of potential risks of staying with Windows XP after Tuesday. With no security updates, the PC can become more vulnerable to harmful viruses and spyware, which can steal or damage your information.
On the business front, businesses governed by regulatory obligations like HIPAA might not satisfy compliance requirements. Also, many software vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP, so they wont receive the updates.
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