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It’s not too late.
If any of you are still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on your computers. You can still get a free upgrade to Windows 10. I did one of these upgrades just last week.
Unless there is a specific reason you are staying with Windows 7 such as a required software program that you need that won’t run on Windows 10, I suggest that you upgrade. This will ensure that you have all the security features of Windows 10 to help protect you and your private information from hackers. Microsoft is no longer providing security updates for earlier versions of its operating system.
When you do an upgrade to Windows 10 you can choose to do a clean install which will wipe all your programs and data from your computer, or you can choose to keep all your files and your Apps that are already there and just upgrade the operating system itself. Keeping your files and Apps is the most common choice when installing Windows 10.
The install takes a couple of hours to complete, there are a few questions that you need to answer along the way in the beginning of the install process, but it’s a straightforward process.
I recommend doing a complete backup of your system before beginning the install. This ensures that you have all your documents, pictures, and any other data you need just in case there is any issue with the install.
If you have Vista operating system or a different version, there is a different process to update your computer.
If you decide to upgrade and you need assistance, give me a call. I can point you in the right direction to get started or I can do the backup and update for you.
Have a great week!
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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