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Marshall Co. officials upgrading computer systems

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Support is no longer offered for the county's current system, which runs on Windows XP. (Source: WAFF) Support is no longer offered for the county's current system, which runs on Windows XP. (Source: WAFF)
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -  Marshall County is in the process of purchasing some 60 new computers after Microsoft announced it would no longer provide support for one of its older operating systems.

For the last month, the commission has been approving the purchases and hopes to finalize the last ones when they meet again Wednesday. Approval is now pending for the final 25 systems to be replaced in the Marshall County Probate Office, at a cost of $15,000.

Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said computers have already been replaced in the offices of the sheriff, revenue commissioner and the Emergency Management Agency.

Hutcheson said they were informed by the county’s Information Technology Specialist that Microsoft would no longer support the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft made the announcement back in April, and Hutcheson said it is important to get them changed out quickly.

“It can be hacked into; we can lose data… the security aspect of it,” Hutcheson explained. “We don’t have a choice, really, on the county computers. They’ve got to be secure.”

The commission meets to discuss the purchase at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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