WAUSAU (WAOW) -
Tuesday marks the end of an era for a popular computer operating system. That's when Microsoft XP will end.
Microsoft will not offer any more support or provide updates for users of XP.
Walter Gaines uses XP. He came to Wausau Computer Service with a problem.
"It's running slow," he said. "The Internet doesn't want to come up like it's supposed to fast enough."
He says he's used Microsoft XP for 6 years, but now it's time to say goodbye.
"We kind of need to try to update everything on our computers and stuff like that to make it function a little bit better," said Gaines.
Computer professionals agree the 12-year-old operating system has its flaws.
"XP's not worked right and you get blue screen," said Vang Moua, owner of Wausau Computer Service. "It's not compatible with programs, printers."
Gaines now needs to upgrade to a newer system.
"I hope pretty soon," he said. "I can't be for sure. Might be tomorrow, might be next week or a week or two after that."
Professionals suggest doing it as soon as possible.
"It's time to move on and to change that and to update to Windows 7 or Windows 8," Moua said.
Without an update, they say there could be problems.
"The computer's not going to work right," said Moua. "It's not going to work the way you want it. And when you have a problem sometimes the sound doesn't want to work. The video card doesn't want to work right."
Computer pros say making the switch is easy enough.
"[People] have to call tech support or they have to go local here to get the update," Moua said.
But it'll cost you. An update to Windows 7, for example, could run more than $100.
Computers using XP will still work like normal, but Microsoft says they could run into problems and bugs without an upgrade.