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      • #2326356
        WSBigMtnMama
        AskWoody Lounger

        My husband’s aging laptop is dying and he needs a new computer. He is 79 with dementia but can still use Win7, mostly for Internet and email. He also uses Office Word 2000 for some writing and editing. We are retired living in Mexico.

        Our local computer guru wanted to sell us an $800 laptop and I told him I’d find a computer myself. I am looking at reconditioned mini-towers. He said not all configurations would work with Windows 7. IF this is true, what configurations should I avoid?

        For example, anything in either of these configurations that might cause problems:

        Intel I5 Quad-Core 3. 1 GHz Processor 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, DVD Optical Drive

        Intel i5-2400, 8GB Ram, 240GB Brand New Solid State HD, Wireless WIFI

        Many thanks
        BigMtnMama

      • #2326362
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Both of those configurations would be fine with W7.

        I would have thought a refurbished W7 laptop would be the best choice.
        Alternatively, a Chromebook might be even easier and they can be had new for $200 – $300, although you would have to use Google docs instead of Office.

        cheers, Paul

        • #2326420
          WSBigMtnMama
          AskWoody Lounger

          There don’t seem to be any refurbished Win7 computers available right now on Amazon. Shipping to Mexico and getting thru customs is best done by Amazon unfortunately. THANKS!!

          • #2326428
            Alex5723
            AskWoody Plus

            Your biggest problem will be installing Windows 7 on a new PC.
            Even if you have the original Windows 7 install CD\DVDs you will have to update
            years of Windows updates up to 1.2020 or leave the PC vulnerable to thousands of security, software… bugs especially as the PC will be used online.

            You maybe lucky getting an ISO Windows 7 at heidoc.net.

            I too think that the best solution to current usage is a Chromebook or an iPad + keyboard .

            You can use Office online with both and the iPad has Microsoft’s Office apps.

            • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Alex5723.
          • #2326576
            DrBonzo
            AskWoody Plus

            @WSBigMtnMama – I don’t know how Customs works, but Dell typically has refurbished Win 7 desktops available (probably need to supply your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse) https://www.dellrefurbished.com

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          • #2338234
            GoneToPlaid
            AskWoody Plus

            Refurbished Windows 7 laptops are available on Amazon. They are hard to search for since Amazon no longer allows you to choose which Windows operating system you want.

            • #2338316
              JohnW
              AskWoody Plus

              Easy to search for on Dell. They usually have Latitudes pre-installed with Windows 7 Pro.

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      • #2326573
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        leave the PC vulnerable to thousands of security, software… bugs

        Not according to Canadian Tech.

        If you can’t get a W7 license with the machine you will need to find a retail license and that could be tricky – they exist but are they scams?

        cheers, Paul

      • #2326577
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Not according to Canadian Tech.

        I don’t think Canadian Tech’s methods will suite the user this Windows 7 intended for.

      • #2326611
        JohnW
        AskWoody Plus

        @WSBigMtnMama – I don’t know how Customs works, but Dell typically has refurbished Win 7 desktops available (probably need to supply your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse) https://www.dellrefurbished.com

        Here are seven Windows 7 Professional laptops that are currently available at Dell Refurbished, ranging in price from $319 to $509. They only have one of each in stock, and their inventory turns over often. So keep checking back until you find what you want:

        https://www.dellrefurbished.com/laptops?operating_system%5B%5D=Win%207%20Pro

        My current laptop is a Dell Latitude refurb, and is quite solid and reliable. The Latitude is the business grade laptop from Dell, and they are built like a tank for corporate road warriors. The Latitude is also the type of work laptop issued by my employer.

        Recommended!

      • #2338198
        anonymous
        Guest

        John W above makes a good point. Check Dell, and check on EBay as well. Refurbished brand name laptops like Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc are available with correct Win7 installs. If you are thinking of doing your own installation, you must have the install CD and a COA number. all of which are available at extremely low cost on EBay, but a Win7 installation is a time-consuming operation, you’ll need all the audio, network, video, usb and drive controller drivers for whatever hardware you are using, and sometimes these can be hard to find.  And then, as another poster points out, you’ll need a good internet connection to register the COA and update it, and updates are also questionably available, since MS has ended support for Win7. Get a nice refurbished correctly installed unit on-line.

      • #2338272
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Refurbished, ranging in price from $319 to $509

        You can buy a nice new Windows (home) laptop for $500 – I did a year ago.

        cheers, Paul

        • #2338314
          JohnW
          AskWoody Plus

          With Windows 7?

          • #2338317
            Paul T
            AskWoody MVP

            With Windows 10.
            My point being that there are much cheaper machines to be had.

            cheers, Paul

            • #2338319
              JohnW
              AskWoody Plus

              The point of the OP was that this was intended as a recommendation for a 79 year old with special needs. Windows 7 would be what they are familiar with.

              I don’t think a change to Win 10 is suitable for them.

              • #2338332
                Paul T
                AskWoody MVP

                I did spot that, but I suspect that having retired to Mexico the OP may not have that sort of money.

                cheers, Paul

                 

              • #2338337
                JohnW
                AskWoody Plus

                When we moved my Dad in his 80’s from independent living to assisted living, I got him set up with a Asus ChromeBox and a big monitor, as his eyesight was failing. The ChromeBook built-in monitors are rather small, but I’m sure you could use an external monitor with them as well.

                All he needed to do was to turn it in, and launch the browser. That’s basically all he did with his former computer.

                Simple, and less expensive, if all you need is web access.

      • #2338333
        anonymous
        Guest

        Go directly with Dell if you can find what you want.  Their prices are as good as elsewhere, they ship quickly, good warranty on new or refurbished items and no questions asked return policy.  Support during the waranty period is excellent, too.

        I’ve purchased five laptops and two desktops from them.  Both desktops and one laptop were “refurbished.”  Many refurbished devices are unused returned items which can’t be sold as new, I suppose.

      • #2357226
        anonymous
        Guest

        HI MR WOODY

        in old version setup win 7  I can  upgrade install  but it work only  with install.wim  files.

        newest updated install file in net is install.esd  and when  convert  esd to wim that very larg file.

        can you made  or  possible adding  support esd format into old version setup win 7 ?

        thanks a lot.

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