Old 11th May 2017, 01:55   #1
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Cheapest new laptop capable of running Windows 7?

Hi folks,

I'm shopping for a laptop that meets the following criteria:

> Hardware supports Windows 7
> Hardware supports Office 2016 and Photoshop CS2 (2005)
> DVD drive (burning not required)


My preferred retailer's listing, in ascending price order, is here: https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-...&sd=1&fm=false

What's the cheapest one that meets my criteria?

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Old 11th May 2017, 20:45   #2
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With or without keylogger?

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Old 11th May 2017, 23:39   #3
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> HARDWARE PRODUCT MODEL(S): HP EliteBook / ProBook / ZBook / Elite x2

Pretty sure I won't be getting one of those, but thanks for the heads-up.

I jumped at the Lenovo Ideapad 110-A6 (80TJ00F8AU) at $398.65, down 15% from $469. It'll do the job nicely (hopefully playing nice with Windows 7).

After clicking "ORDER", I got home and managed to get the old/current laptop working by removing one of the HDDs. Very frustrating that it wouldn't even POST or allow BIOS access when the only problem was a fucked HDD. I've replace the HDD and installed Windows 7 last night, almost back up to where it was before the dramas, and now I've got a new laptop on the way that I may not need. #godfuckingdammit

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Old 12th May 2017, 14:38   #4
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Yeah, any fucked up component can do that.

No way to cancel the order?

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The retailer is actually very good about refunds and cancellations; unfortunately, I shared news of the order with my client (ShyShy Jr) who would have been most unimpressed had I told her that her new laptop wasn't going to be hers after all.

I collected the Lenovo yesterday and it's now sitting on my dining table while I extol the old/current model's virtues, attempting to talk my client into keeping it and letting me return the new one. Wish me luck.

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Hmm, I'd wish you luck, but since I vividly remember hoping some things might break already so they could be replaced I'm not sure which side I should take.

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I've had what I consider a win, or as close to a win as was achievable: the client has agreed to keep using the current model "until it breaks" which, in reality, will be "until I really really want to use the new one instead", as the current one really is a bit dated (although highly specced). So hopefully I'll get another six months out of it, i.e. lasting through the remainder of this school year.

I'll take that time to get the new one either (a) working with Windows 7 or (b) not working with Windows 7 and begrudgingly working with a reinstalled Windows 10, all telemetry and 16-odd pages of privacy/reporting bullshit having been turned off, of course.

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