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Bad News for Windows 7 Users
 by Frank Palmieri
  For all of you Windows 7 users, the end of life date is rapidly approaching. On January 14, 2020 Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7. What does that mean for the estimated 39 percent of Windows 7 users? Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system. It is likely they will stop all support including phone or website support for troubleshooting problems.
 However, that doesn’t mean Windows 7 will stop working on January 14 2020 – you’ll still be able to use Windows 7 for as long as you want. So the good news is that you’re not going to wake up on January 15 to find your Windows 7 PC no longer boots up.
 But just because you can continue to use Windows 7 in its End of Life status, it doesn’t mean you should. The biggest issue with continuing to use Windows 7 is that it won’t be patched for any new viruses or security problems once it enters End of Life, and this leaves you extremely vulnerable to any emerging threats; viruses, hackers, identity thieves and the list goes on.
 So, while Windows 7 will continue to work after
 January 14, 2020, you should start planning to up- grade to Windows 10, or an alternative operating system, as soon as possible. You can upgrade your current operating system to Windows 10 easily and still keep all of your programs and files such as pic- tures, music, documents and other valuable data.
 CMC Computers offers computer users to bring in their computers and have the operating system upgraded to Windows 10. CMC will first do a diag- nostic and preinstall check to make sure all will go well with the upgrade. Once your computer is up- graded, CMC will then update your security and make sure all of your browsers are all up to date and have the most recent security patches and updates.
 Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has a number of benefits. Both operating systems are made by Microsoft the upgrade process is relatively easy, and in many cases you can keep your files on your PC. This means you’ll experience a minimum disruption when upgrading to Windows 10. Most programs you use will have been updated to work on Windows 10 as well, and the layout and interface are similar to Windows 7, so you shouldn’t find it too hard to adjust.
 Upgrading to Windows 10 will be the easiest, and in most cases, the smartest operating system to upgrade to. There are others out there, but then you will have to learn a totally new way of using your computer. Windows 10 is similar enough to Win- dows 7, that most users will not have any issues us- ing Windows 10. Even the users who claim they are “computer illiterate”.
 If your computer is too old to upgrade or doesn’t have enough memory or hard drive space, CMC Computers will recommend upgrading the comput- er, buying a refurbished computer, or buying a new computer. All options are always available at CMC Computers and we will review all of them with you to make this as painless as possible.
 Although there are approximately six months left, prepare now so you won’t be surprised by get- ting your computers compromised.
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