Windows XP Support Ends April 8, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Computer stores in Lincoln are gearing up to see more traffic in their stores as people around Lincoln start to switch over to Windows 8.1 from XP before April 8, 2014.

Jess Dennis has spent days working on his laptop computer trying to prepare for the big switch to Windows 8.1 and he says, "It is frustrating."

Microsoft announced that after 12 years, they'll stop giving technical support and security updates for Windows XP on April 8. It's part of their push to get consumers all in on their new operating system, Windows 8.1.

But it's causing headaches for everyone who has to make the switch because if they don't update their software before the deadline, they could face hackers.

Josh Fowler who works in computers at Best Buy says,"Viruses and hacks themselves, people can either get their private info, stuff from your bank accounts, your passwords, or physical viruses that can harm your computer."

And Fowler agrees that after the major Target breach, this is an issue that businesses should take care of immediately to keep customers safe.

Updating can cost a consumer anywhere from a $130.00 to $400.00 depending on how much memory a computer has left and how old or new the computer is.

Quick Connect, a computer store on 48th Street in Lincoln, has already received tons of questions from people who want to know what their options are.

The owner, Kristan Yodar said,"There are so many instances still where we can update a computer sometimes half the price of buying a new one so we'd have to take it by a case by case."

Yodar as well as Best Buy, say their ready to field questions from customers who are trying to figure out what to do last minute.

While Microsoft has given fair warning to their customers - it's still not an easy decision for those who have to weigh the costs against the benefits.

Dennis says, "Part of it's good, but it also just makes things more complicated."


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