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Not gardening but a computer question

 Can anyone can spare the time to advise me?

I need to buy a new PC tomorrow.

I currently run Windows XP with Internet explorer 6 image I know that even with Norton security I am at risk and need to upgrade and get a new PC, my system is slow and cannot access Youtube etc.

I would still like a Window's package but don't know which as so many reports about 8 being poor. I don't really know what questions I should ask when considering buying.

Any views and help would be so appreciated. KEF



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,440

    Having heard OH pulling his hair out after PC workstation crashed, I would always recommend that windows based computers are consigned to the compost heap , and indulge in an Apple product.

    20 years of Apples and I've never had a problem,unlike PC's I have to use at work.

    Anyway, surely Apples are best for gardeners.

  • I'm definitely a die-hard PC user, and Windows 7 imho is the best platform. 8 is a git because it was built for touchpads but 7 is your classic interface but just runs nicer and smoother. 

    Norton isn't the best antivirus, plus it's expensive. I use Avast Antivirus, and there's a free version available for personal computer use. It's never steered me wrong image

    With accessing Youtube, make sure your flash players are all up to date. May I ask what internet browser you use?

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Thanks Fidget do you get all the other stuff like music & photos etc on Apple? Now I am showing just how thick I amimage

  • You're not thick at all! It's really confusing, especially since it all updates so fast.

    Apples are made for images and music, so you'd have no problem at all with that. They're really easy for people who get intimidated by computers easily since they're mainly drag and drop.  

    The biggest problem with Apples is they are very, very expensive. For an 800 quid standard Apple computer, for the same price and shopping about you could get a PC that's twice as powerful and fast.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,440

    My applelaptop is 8 years old, used every day,brill for photos, great for music, great for browsing.

  • Have you looked at tablet rather than pc what do you need to do on it, if it's for browsing the net rather than work type stuff have a look at the tablets with detachable key board Microsoft surface Asus transformer are both good
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,440

    Kef, there is an apple shop in Meadowhell. The geeks in there can show you lots of things , and how easy everything is.

    My first one was given to me on loan, with no instructions, dead easy to use, everything very intuitive, and after i took it back, I went straight out and bought one.

    They are more expensive, but saves a lot of hair pulling out and frustration.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Bk thanks for reply. Google and when I installed Chrome hoping it might improve matters image I had to uninstall as Internet explorer and outlook express disappeared.

    Fidget thanks for info.  OH happy to play on tablet with Chrome. I used Apple years ago at work and did like it.

    image    Dunno if I have funds for an Apple if I chose one .

    Have I read recently that Windows 7 & won't be sold after Jan14 so will microsoft support cease image not that I currently have any image

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Ann, hi,

    I want a PC on my work station with a pile of books and paper around it and attached to my printer ( I know you can attach to other devices) I like a chair and a place, bit of an old fashion thing me image

  •  thats ok Kef we all have our little ways image  i like techy things a laptop and two printers live at my work station, an Asus transformer travel around the house and garden an iphone lives in my hand bag  or pocket and i have recently bought an ipad mini that will also travel in my hand bag NO i dont NEED them before anyone asks image

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