Time for an upgrade as Windows 7 expires

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 14, Microsoft's Windows 7 program will no longer receive any upgrades or support.

Microsoft will no longer support its Windows 7 program, leaving way for Windows 10 to become the new normal.

The program is expiring and computer users are encouraged to upgrade to the newer Windows 10 program.

With Windows 10, users will receive more power, enhanced security, continued Microsoft support and a slightly different look. Before upgrading from Windows 7, users need to make sure their computer is compatible with Windows 10. If not, an entirely new computer may need to be bought.

"This day and age, no matter what, you have to protect yourself online so you have to always have those security updates on your computer," said Gavin Raitt, of Computer Hardware in Hastings.

"You're pretty vulnerable out there so you have to make sure you're in a safe place and have the right hardware to be browsing the internet and be doing your day to day life on the internet."

By keeping Windows 7 your computer will not stop working, nor will it crash. It simply means less security while working on the internet and no more support from Microsoft.

If you run into a problem with your computer and call Microsoft for assistance they will tell you they cannot help you with Windows 7.

Computer Hardware assures people this is nothing to be scared of, it's just a simple program upgrade designed to improve everyone's computer experience.

"It's nothing to be scared of it's just more being aware that it's happening so taking the precautions just like any security circumstance, just being cautious about it."

Windows 7's expiration does not apply to any Apple products.

People who would like their program upgraded can reach out to Computer Hardware and bring it into the store to be taken care of.