Switching Operating Systems

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  1. Hal Pollner

    Hal Pollner Very Well-Known Member
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    BETH IS RIGHT !

    I talked to the Geek Squad yesterday at the Best Buy store where I bought my W10 computer, and they said they will not install an operating system that will soon be obsolete!

    So there I have it..LEARN WINDOWS TEN or DIE!

    Harry


     
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    There is always the simplicity of getting a Chromebook, @Hal Pollner . If you look at the thread here about Chromebooks, everyone who has them says how much they like them and how easy they are to operate.
    Since they will connect to any monitor (or television) you could have your large computer monitor, with the ease of using the Google operating system.
    I am sure that Best Buy has a good selection to choose from.
    Here is the link to the thread about Google chromebooks, in case you might want to check the idea out :

    http://www.seniorsonly.club/threads/chromebook-laptop.13773/
     
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  3. Beth Gallagher

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    I'm going to have this framed. :D
     
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    I probably spoke a little prematurely earlier about switching to the Linux operating system because it is a little too "geeky" for us older volks. Linux is a free operating system that will run most (probably all) the free programs (like Word, Spreadsheets, etc) that are virtually the same as the ones that Microsoft Sells, but there is a learning curve to operate Linux. I like it because of the free features and many free programs available for it, and wish I had taken the time 10 years ago to learn it. Now I just don't have the time. Age comes at a bad time?

    I suggest now an alternate approach which is simpler for us seniors and is just the opposite as Hal asks. I don't yet know exactly HOW to do it but I know it works because it is the way my newest used laptop works. It is a Windows 7 "shell" that operates in Windows 10. The user sees the familiar window 7 screen and operates in a Windows 7 environment but the computer is working in the Windows 10 operating system. It is supposed to be simple to set up, once your computer has been updated to Windows 10 operating system, so don't let some shop charge you too much. Beth G. describes this same information in the second post. BTW Windows 10 is supposed to still be a free upgrade for computers operating in Windows 7 and 8 - act quickly on this.

    One reason I don't like Windows 10 is that it has been described as "invasive", meaning it SPIES on you. That's another whole issue.
     
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    Hello Ron! Welcome to the forum... you're about as noobie as me on this board and it seems we are in good company. So I've been using Linux since its inception (can't believe it's been so long). I've also worked with iOS and supported Windows environments top to bottom. You're probably running 100% GUI as opposed to command-line so don't fret too much it's actually almost a blend of the others. The learning curve shouldn't be as steep as it may seem. My suggestion would be to attempt new operations intuitively. With the plethora of desktops out there you're bound to be trying a few until you settle down with a favorite. Each may have its own little quirks but they all are similar enough to make for an enjoyable experience. The key is to play at mastering each desktop environment. "Think like a baby" and you'll be alright. The Linux Bible is a great reference and there are downloadable electronic versions for free if your not really keen on getting the latest iteration. Armed with that you should be adept at freeware in no time!
     
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    My son did this for me, Hal. This is within his line of business, but it is a chore.
     
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    Google spies on you and heaven knows who else, so I guess it doesn't matter if Windows joins the crowd. Especially since Microsoft makes no bones about wanting to dominate the globe.
     
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