(NBC) - The operating system Windows is the dominant powerhouse when it comes to desktop computers, but Microsoft is ending support of its popular Windows XP Tuesday. This has security experts issuing warnings.
Vermont's famous Shelburne Museum is full of old things, historic buildings, and even a steam ship. The carpenters for the museum use ancient computers.
Loren Cox's desktop runs on Windows XP. Microsoft is pulling the plug on support for the more than decade-old system after April 8th.
The company says its time to direct resources to newer technologies, meaning no more technical assistance or patches to help protect your PC.
Jonathan Rajewski is a computer crime investigator and teaches digital forensics at Champlain College. He says with the clock running out on XP, folks may want to consider buying a new computer, or if their hardware can handle it, upgrade to a new operating system.
He warns if any merchants are still using XP, even with antivirus programs or firewalls, customer credit card or bank data could be at risk.
Millions still use XP, but the analytics firm net applications shows the numbers are dropping. Nearly 40% of the nation's desktops used the system last May. In March, just over a quarter of them did.
Back at Shelburne Museum, Technology Director Narda Carlson is replacing the landmark's XP units.
To protect against hackers and strengthen processing power, so carpenter Lauren Cox can prepare for all the exhibitions ahead.