I Just Bought A Windows Laptop

On January 4, 2010, in Opinion, by Elisa Pacelli

My husband uses Windows computers (oh, the shame!), but for his purposes it’s fine. His computing knowledge is limited to Fantasy Football and online poker. Hubby was using a very old desktop computer that finally bit the dust this past fall. Rather than buy another computer, I let him use my HP Vista laptop.

“You have a Windows computer?” I hear you all saying right about now. Let me give you a brief history of why I have one: I went back to college in August of 2007. Even though the college is six miles away, I chose to take my classes online. This meant I needed to log on to the college servers for some of my classes. Since they are a Windows-based school, it was just easier to buy a Windows computer.

Back to the story. I used my laptop only during school, and just for school. No iTunes, no photos, just school work. The computer was shut down between semesters. I graduated in May, 2009, and kept the computer off until October 2009, when hubby needed it.

But our story takes a nasty turn. My WIndows laptop died in early December. Battery and hard drive were fine; it was probably something with the motherboard. HP wanted to charge me $259 to fix it – and they thought they were doing me a favor! No way!

Hubby was despondent. He needed a computer. I did not want to spend money on Windows. But alas, being tired of watching Hubby mope around the house, I researched cheap laptops and found one at Best Buy.

I bought it and spent an entire afternoon getting it set up. Windows computers do not come with reinstall discs. Not even an operating system disc. So I burned back up DVD’s: six in all, before I could do anything else. Then I went on AOL and downloaded the free McAfee Security Center for virus protection. At dinnertime I was still adding and deleting programs, and figuring out Windows 7.

Here are my conclusions for Windows 7:

Pros:
● much faster than Vista
● much easier to use than Vista
● still had difficulty file sharing with my Mac at first, but couldn’t file share at all with Vista
● wakes from sleep quickly

Cons:
● it’s not a Mac
● time-consuming set-up
● no reinstall discs included
● new file system takes a bit of getting used to
● it’s not a Mac

Bottom line: Hubby is once again a happy camper, and I won’t be swearing as much if I need to use the laptop. Windows 7 is much improved over Vista, but it will never make me give up my beloved MacBook.

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