Microsoft to log off Windows XP

By Erika Mahoney

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Microsoft will say goodbye to a popular PC computer operating system.

On April 8, Microsoft says it will no longer support the Windows XP operating system as well as the Windows server 2003.

Windows XP, which launched in 2001, is still very popular. Even though it's 13-years-old, ICS Solutions Group reports nearly 40 percent of computers still run on it.

Come early April, even though the system will still work, it will become very vulnerable to viruses.

Microsoft also plans to stop all assistance and software updates for XP.

"If they get hit with something like that, then Microsoft that night would normally write a release to patch that vulnerability," Kevin Blake, President of ICS Solutions Group, said. "That won't happen anymore."

ICS Solutions Group is the largest business IT service provider in the Greater Binghamton area. It's currently helping a number of businesses transition, including medical offices because Windows XP won't comply with HIPAA, or even, PCI come the end of the system's support.

Blake says the solution is to upgrade to the latest OS systems, including OS 8 and 8.1. Operating system OS 8 has a completely different look, so there may be a learning curve. It's available for purchase at any major computer store.

Also keep in mind if the computer is older, it may not support the new operating systems, therefore requiring a replacement.

Blake recommends upgrading as soon as possible to avoid any problems because there are rumors in the tech world that cyber attacks are planned for sometime around April 8.

He also recommends backing up your files with either an external hard drive or Cloud system.