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Now Buy Windows 10 for $80 and get a FREE PC.

The catch? The PC is an older model made by Dell  or Hp and comes with a legal installed Windows 10 system.

You can find re-sellers  certified by Microsoft to have Windows 10 installed on computers that has come off-lease. So you can help save the environment and get a great bargain. These  are model that were made over seven years ago and have been retired to make way for new computers for business firms  who lease rather than t buy.

The real attraction is  the use of a very new Operating System that woks very well with these older units. It is like getting Windows 10 at a discount and getting a free used computer. Of course these do not include a monitor. However, some newer n TV sets make good monitors. So you could pair trhe older PC with newer TV set and have a great spare computer for you or a family member.

What is the down side? The warranty is for just one-year and you would have to send it back to the vendor. Also, you can not transfer the Windows 10 software to another computer.  The rule is not new.  Microsoft has always held that a single user license  is good only for just one computer.

My advice? Check all the details before you buy one. Still, at $80 it is very attractive. By the way, some of these older units can support dual monitors without getting another graphics card.

Some models are under $80 even with Windows 10.

For more information, try a Google search. Or use this link below.
Cheap refurbished desktop computers with Windows 10.


Above is a rugged and cheap and comes with Windows 10.


You Can Keep Windows 7 for the Next Five Years

Microsoft said  last year that they would have a better way to update Windows 7. And it is true.

Yes, but it still is a hard thing for most home users to understand.

Here is a quotation for Microsoft about Windows 7 updates:

This article describes a convenience rollup for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1-based computers. This rollup package includes most updates that were released after the release of SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, through April 2016. This convenience rollup is intended to make it easy to integrate fixes that were released after SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. We recommend that you include this rollup package in the image creation process to make it easier to quickly set up a computer.

For more information and the download, click on the link below:
Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1

They plan to continue updates for Windows 7 until the year 2020. So that will give you nearly five years of life with Windows 7. Even it you prefere3 windows 10, for some things the windows 7 might make more sense. For example, your Grandmother might find Windows 7 easier  to learn.



How a computer virus can hide in any electronic device.

At the e risk of being called paranoid, I want to tell everybody that a computer virus can hide almost anywhere . A computer virus is some kind of program that deliberately alters your computer to do something you did not want. Such programs often have distributive names to identify the mode of infection. Malware,   Root kit,   Trojan,  Virus or Worm, you don’t want them in your PC, Tablet or Smartphone.   Too many names to remember. Let’s just call it Malware.

Here are some places such evil programs may hide.Registry of the System.

  • Free apps you downloaded.
  • Hidden areas of a hard drive.
  • Driver for a  old printer or scanner. **
  • E-mail from a friend.

Prevention is much better that a cure. Before you add anything to your Desktop, laptop or tablet, check it for the possibility of some kind of Malware.

Warning: Some planes on the Internet offer ‘;free’ help and you wind up paying a lot of money to ‘fix’ a problem they create. Watch bout!

** Yes, if you get a printer river from a source other than OEM., you run the risk of getting some kind of malware.

Install Windows 8 without a Product Key

Yes you can. It is so simple, even a child can do it. Hard to believe? Read on.

Early in the installation process, windows 8 asks you for a product key, which sold be a list of codes in groups of 5 letters or numbers. Fro ecample, BK73X-RD9CXR-LL2323-KZWN-CVXWBK , might be such a code, but it is not,. Notice I made a mistake. Does that happen to you?

Microsoft,  the company that producers Windows, has made it easier for those of us  who are keyboard challenged. You can just skip the product key request and  fix the problem later.

Here is what you do. Leave the entire link blank. That tells the windows installer that you want to do it later and you need the computer working right now.

Next post I well tell you how to enter the product key or postpone it longer. After I learn how.

Better Defrag for Windows

A List of Defrag Software for free! If you find the built-int Windows def rag lacks performance., try none of these and see if it makes a difference.

All of the items below are for Windows. Most should work on Windows 7 64 bit. (All did for me.)
1. Defraggler.
The freeware supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems.
2. Auslogics Disk Defrag
Another freeware compact and fast defragmentation software
3. Smart Def
You may find Smart Defrag is a free disc defrag tool worth investigating.
4. Puran Defrag Free
This freebie has intelligent directory optimization
This also was posted on by myself.
Let others know which you like best. Or recommend another.