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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 2 weeks, 5 days 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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      • #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 Lounger

        @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!

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