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Experts urge users to upgrade from Windows 7

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- It's a day many computer users have been dreading. Microsoft officially ended support for its Windows 7 operating system Tuesday.

Derek Wurtenberg, department lead for the Managed Services Department at Red Barn Technology Group in Binghamton tells 12 News that if you continue to use Windows 7 after today you will be putting your digital security at risk.

"Any future problems that arise because of viruses or anything to that nature will not be patched," Wurtenberg said.

Wurtenberg says that while Windows 7 will still work after today, your computer is more likely to be compromised.

"You can continue to use your operating system, it will continue to function, however, as time goes on the risk for infection will continue to grow," he said.

Wurtenberg says that while you may think that big corporations with a lot of data are the most at risk, it's actually casual web browsing that could get you in trouble.

"The average user browsing Facebook and reading email is probably some of the riskiest behavior that you have," he said. "I would say that especially those users should be thinking about upgrading to Windows 10."

Wurtenberg says that if you have a computer running on Windows 7 you may be able to upgrade it to Windows 10. This process will put you back about $100.

"Microsoft has an upgrade utility that you can basically run on your computer, it will take your credit card information and it will bill a license for you," he said.

If your computer is more than a few years old Wurtenberg says that the upgrade may not be worth it and you should consider buying a new computer all together.

"If it's bordering on three to four years old I'd probably take a stock and say, maybe it's time to upgrade it and buy one that already has Windows 10 on it," he said.

Wurtenberg tells 12 News that if you must continue to use Windows 7 for the time being, develop a plan to upgrade within the next few months.

Jack Arpey

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