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People clinging to Microsoft's aging Windows XP operating system will be left to fend off cyber criminals by themselves come Tuesday.On April 8, the US software colossus will stop patching newly found security holes in Windows XP code that hackers could exploit to slip into computers.Microsoft support entails regular security updates, but when it stops issuing patches to defend against freshly revealed hacker tactics aimed at XP, those using the operating system will need to enlist their own software wizards or live with mounting threats.Microsoft has released several generations of Windows since XP made its debut in 2001 .Computers running Windows XP cannot easily be upgraded to the newest Windows version, and that means the users would need to buy new machines.Given that Windows software powers more than 90 percent of the world's computers, even a small percentage of machines running XP in any country could translate to high numbers.
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