How about just installing XP Pro, or another release you like? Then you
can order the laptop without an OS. Or install Linux. Not very
wizzy-wizzy, but can run a lot of basic things. I gave up on trying to
recover an older IBM laptop from a virus, and just installed Ubuntu on
it. Of course, I'm doing ROS for my robot project. I installed Ubuntu
and ROS on a mini-ITX for my 'bot, and right now, it's running next to
my main XP Pro workstation. Didn't have to buy a Windoz OS disk! I
have Win7 Pro on the laptop that was purchased to replaced the crashed
IBM. Not bad. I would have chosen XP Pro again, but it wasn't
available on the mail order a few years ago.
On 3/5/2013 12:08 PM, Randy M. Dumse wrote:
> A suggestion, go somewhere very private, and cry like a little baby for
> about a day. When you come out of it, thank God for his grace of leaving
> you with your hard drive. Then spend the next month trying to become
> operational on a new laptop.
> Or at least that was my solution. It accounts for not hearing much from
> me in the last two months.
> You have to make a very serious decision. Do you want to go to Windows 8
> or not. Your decision and yours alone. I did, and it is a disaster.
> Utter disaster. Microsoft is trying to market Win8 as intuitive. It’s
> only intuitive in the sense if you know nothing about windows, you are
> better prepared to succeed than if you are a seasoned user. Everything
> you’ve learned works against you.
> If you don’t feel the need to move to the bleeding edge, get Win7Pro and
> wait for Microsoft to either fail or fix this disaster. I’m guessing
> fail by self-immolation the more likely. In which case, learning Win8 is
> a waste of time. Better to go to something else. I’m still slugging it
> out and trying to become functional in the new windows… and hating it.
> What kind of issues? Every edge of the screen has a new function. So you
> get “help” popping up when you least want it. Every corner of the screen
> has overloaded functions so you get “icons” popping up when you least
> want them. Nothing closes. You have to trick things into shutting down
> and freeing your memory and your CPU(s). The start is a screen full of
> annoying squares doing things you don’t want, and probably don’t want to
> be distracted by if you are a serious user. You may not want the stock
> market results just because you want to open an app. Tough. There it is,
> rotating with the latest new about North Korean, pictures for Rio, the
> Eiffel Tower, Sand Bridge, and pictures of your family while you’re
> trying to concentrate on work instead. Etc. Etc. Etc.
> If you don’t know this trick, look up Windows Easy Transfer. I used it,
> moved data, and undid it. Data remained, and I’ve been limping along in
> the resultant bastardize state of recovered. No contacts, no old email,
> barely functional, still trying. But as Adam Smith said of lotteries,
> “Hope springs eternal”.
> Good luck,