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Windows XP Operating System is dead

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Microsoft Windows XP support is now dead meaning trouble for consumers and companies still using it.

As we say goodbye to one of the most popular operating systems of our generation, we say hello to possible software risks that follow.

Today is the day Microsoft has warned us about...

Brian Schott/Blueprint Computer Solutions: "Really it is time to change over."

Out with the 12-year-old Windows XP Operating System...

Schott: "It is at the end of its life. It really should be left to go on the wayside."

And in with high-tech Windows upgrades.

Schott: "I get quite a few calls, even daily, where people are calling and wondering what should I do? I have windows XP on an old computer."

Despite news of the looming deadline, Windows XP still ranks as the second most popular operating system in the world.

Now, its days of Microsoft free support and updates are over.

Schott: "They love Windows XP, but it is time to change from Windows XP to windows 7 or 8."

Standup: Or, you could say goodbye to your old computer altogether. Sites like this will only become more common, outdated equipment still running on Windows XP, sitting in storage, collecting dust.

Unless you upgrade or replace running XP opens the door for malware, viruses and hackers.

Schott: "The possibility of hackers finding holes in the operating system which Microsoft will no longer patch. You also have virus makers who will design viruses specifically to exploit windows XP"

ATMs, some government agencies, and a few healthcare providers still use versions of the old system.

Schott: "I would personally be more concerned about my healthcare provider than I would be about my ATM.

So unless they make changes, they risk serious cyber-attacks that could compromise our most personal information.

Experts say most ATMs use a version of XP called Windows Embedded.

They are better protected and won't lose support until January of 2016.