Budget Laptop Suggestions

Discussion in 'hardware' started by TheKid7, May 28, 2019.

  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I have an old Windows 8.0 Refurbished Laptop which is quite old now. I want to replace it with a Windows 10 Budget Priced Laptop (Either New or Refurbished). The primary use would be for surfing the web during infrequent Hotel Stays.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in Advance.
     
  2. Beyonder

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    Any store in particular you want tips for?
     
  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    TheKid7,

    If it's just for web surfing and email, get an Android tablet. I no longer take my laptop on holidays. I take an 8" tablet. My wife takes her 10" tablet.
     
  4. roger_m

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    @TheKid7 What are the specs of the laptop? You can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8, for free. With a clean install of Windows 10, it might work well enough that you don't need to replace it.
     
  5. zapjb

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    Just for surfing. Slap Linux on it.
     
  6. guest

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    +1 or a Chromebook.
     
  7. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    Lenovo IdeaPad N586 Model 20180

    I am not sure if this is the exact link for my existing Laptop:

    https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd025664

    How would you know if Windows 10 would be compatible (hardware, drivers, etc.)?
     
  8. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    Windows 10 should run fine on that computer. Lenovo have even released Windows 10 drivers. Click on View All, to see all the drivers.
    https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/...etbooks/ideapad-n-series-laptops/ideapad-n586

    Windows 10 will work well on just about any system which came pre-installed with Windows 7 or 8.
     
  9. TheKid7

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    Thanks.

    What is the procedure of obtaining the free Windows 10 upgrade and doing a clean install of Windows 10?
     
  10. roger_m

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    You just need to launch the setup file for Windows 10 (which you can do with a Windows 10 ISO which you can download, or using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool) and then you can choose to upgrade your current install of Windows to Windows 10, or install Windows 10 without keeping anything. If you do the upgrade, then Windows 10 will be automatically activated after being installed. If you choose to keep nothing, you can activate Windows 10 with your Windows 8 product key. Once Windows 10 is activated, you will have a digital license, which allows you to reinstall Windows 10 whenever you want, without needing a product key.
     
  11. stapp

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    You could also do the upgrade to activate it, then do the clean install.
     
  12. TheKid7

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    I watched the following video.:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REKznFa0oS0


    I need to do this to get the Windows 8 Product Key:

    https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht103102
     
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  13. stapp

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    I don't understand why you need the Product key if your key is embedded already? (unless I've misunderstood something here)
    I usually select to not activate until the upgrade /install is finished (I select I do not have a key)
    After the upgrade/install reboot the key is usually activated.
     
  14. TheKid7

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    You don't need the product key for a clean install?
     
  15. stapp

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    If Win 8 is already activated then you shouldn't.
     
  16. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    No you don't need to the product key.
    https://www.howtogeek.com/266072/yo...ws-10-for-free-with-a-windows-7-8-or-8.1-key/
     
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