It is the blue screen of death for Windows XP.
After 12 years, Microsoft is ending support for popular operating system that is still being used on about one-third of computers around the world. The updates and security patches for the software are slated to end today.
Not having support isn't just a hassle, it's a security risk. Computer experts say computers that continue to run XP may be increased targets for hackers and other do-badders online
If you have a computer that's more than five years old, chances are it's still running XP and should be updated with new software. If you don't know for sure, there's a site that will tell you if you are in fact running the now-retired operating system.
Computers that are running Windows XP may or may not have enough power to run a newer version of the operating system that still receives support from Microsoft. Then, if you can upgrade, you'll need to reinstall your old programs and restore your files from a backup.
Of course, your computer will still run with the old-school version of Windows -- but Microsoft recommends you upgrade or at the very least, install the last update, being issued today.