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Old 11-09-16, 09:45 AM
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No OS -- options for cheap Windows or alternatives

Through a charitable donation, my name was drawn to receive a used laptop from work. They verified everything works, however their software licensing doesn't allow them to leave anything on it, not even Windows.

Showing my complete tech ignorance here ... What are some inexpensive options I have for loading an OS? I can buy Office cheap through work, but have no clue when it comes to stripping it all the way back to the OS.
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Old 11-09-16, 10:05 AM
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Re: No OS -- options for cheap Windows or alternatives

How old is the laptop? You might want to look up the model number and what OS came with it, as if I'm not mistaken the key might be embedded in the bios. You would still need to hunt for an ISO or installation media for the OS, but it might be easier to hunt around for that online or ask around (even your company's IT department might be able to help).
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Old 11-09-16, 10:23 AM
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Re: No OS -- options for cheap Windows or alternatives

What are you wanting to do with it? If it's mainly going to be a web browsing machine, Linux Mint is pretty simple for people who are used to Windows and it's totally free.

Otherwise, just pony up the money for a Windows 10 Home license.
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Old 11-09-16, 10:32 AM
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Re: No OS -- options for cheap Windows or alternatives

Ubuntu is free and has a nice interface.

https://www.ubuntu.com/desktop

Supports web browsing, and has free e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet clients, and Chrome works with Netflix on it.

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Old 11-09-16, 01:04 PM
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Re: No OS -- options for cheap Windows or alternatives

We don't do anything fancier than watching Netflix, so yes - web browsing, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.

It was just recently retired, so I would guess 3-5 years old (based on my last replacement for work). It has a Windows 7 sticker on it.
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Old 11-09-16, 03:08 PM
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Re: No OS -- options for cheap Windows or alternatives

Take a look at Zorin OS (linux based) if you want the closest to a Windows (7) interface offered in a linux distro. I'm not linux savy at all and navigate this version much better than I did with Ubuntu.
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