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Old 12-06-18, 07:47 PM
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Re: I need a new computer... this process sucks!

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Speaking of which, are yearly subs the new thing? We use Office quite a bit... I'd hate to have to keep paying over and over for it.
Office Home and Student or Home and Business are still standalone products that don't have a yearly subscription.

https://products.office.com/en-us/co...products?tab=1

I don't know how much the subscription makes sense for most people, especially the base Personal eidtion, although the Home version that includes 6 installs is handy for people with multiple devices or family members. Or people that also want the OneDrive subscription for online storage, I guess.
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Old 12-06-18, 07:49 PM
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Yeah either 1. Copy the CD to a USB hdd, 2. Network the computers and copy the CD to the Laptop, or 3.
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Old 12-06-18, 07:56 PM
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Re: I need a new computer... this process sucks!

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So as I fire up my new laptop this evening I realize my Office software is on a disc...
What version of Office?

If it's Office 2013 or later, it's tied to your Microsoft Account, so you can just log into your account and download the installer:
https://office.com/myaccount

If it's Office 2010, you can download a copy by entering your product key:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...ownload/office

For earlier versions of Office, you'll need to copy the CD contents in some way to your new laptop.
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Re: I need a new computer... this process sucks!

Got it... thanks guys! I can do the "copy to hdd" thing.
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Old 02-08-19, 11:57 AM
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Re: I need a new computer... this process sucks!

So I need a new computer, my current one is a few years old and the HD is starting to make some noise. I want a SSD and laptop. my current laptop is pretty much full at 500gb and I keep needing to clean off pics. Its mainly music and other stuff, not a gamer just surf the net and basic MS office.

Two questions, is this computer a good or at least decent machine and is it a waste of $$ to get the extended warranty on these things? at 900 bucks its a bigger ouch if it breaks, I'm somewhat tech savvy, cant diagnose but for sure can put in new boards or whatever.
https://www.microcenter.com/product/...puter---silver
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Old 02-08-19, 12:03 PM
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What are you using the PC for? Do you need something with 16gb of RAM and a dedicated video card like the model in your link?
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Old 02-08-19, 01:10 PM
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So I need a new computer, my current one is a few years old and the HD is starting to make some noise....
Make a backup, NOW. You should already have a backup, of course, but if not, find something to backup anything you want to keep right NOW. Getting a new computer can wait, and it's going to be far less expensive and emotionally wearing than trying to recover data from a failed drive.
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Old 02-08-19, 01:32 PM
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Two questions, is this computer a good or at least decent machine and is it a waste of $$ to get the extended warranty on these things? at 900 bucks its a bigger ouch if it breaks, I'm somewhat tech savvy, cant diagnose but for sure can put in new boards or whatever.
https://www.microcenter.com/product/...puter---silver
Dell sells refurbished models for less on their Outlet site. Here's an Inspiron 14” 5000 with i5-8265U CPU, 128GB M.2 SATA3 SSD, 1TB SATA3 HDD, and 8GB (1x8GB) for $681.00 with a one year warranty:
https://outlet.us.dell.com/ArbOnline...aJxKdCig%3d%3d

The outlet laptop having both an SSD and HDD means you can put the OS and programs on the faster SSD, while still having plenty of storage on the HDD for your photos and music, which don't necessarily have to be accessed as quickly. Also, while 8GB of RAM is probably fine for your usage, you could add another 8GB RAM stick, either now or down the line when/if you need it, fairly easily to this laptop by just popping off the back:
https://www.dell.com/support/manuals...f9d&lang=en-us

You can add another 8GB of DDR4 RAM for $65 now, or for cheaper later:
https://www.microcenter.com/product/...-memory-module


And I normally don't go for extended warranties, since 1 year is typically long enough for most defects to appear, and then if it's lasted the first year it's likely to work well past the extended warranty period before it breaks. But it is basically a form of insurance, and while it's not likely to break, if you can't afford to replace it if it does, but can afford the upfront "extended warranty" fee, it may make sense. Dell does offer up to 4 years of extended warranty, and a separate "accidental damage" plan, also up to 4 years, each available in 1 year increments, so either 1, 2, 3, or 4 years of each.
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Old 02-08-19, 04:36 PM
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What are you using the PC for? Do you need something with 16gb of RAM and a dedicated video card like the model in your link?
Again just basic web stuff but everything on my machine now is dog ass slow to load and that was one of the cheapest ones I could find with a SSD at 512gb

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Make a backup, NOW. You should already have a backup, of course, but if not, find something to backup anything you want to keep right NOW. Getting a new computer can wait, and it's going to be far less expensive and emotionally wearing than trying to recover data from a failed drive.
I've got a pretty recent backup but will run one again now.
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Dell sells refurbished models for less on their Outlet site. Here's an Inspiron 14 5000 with i5-8265U CPU, 128GB M.2 SATA3 SSD, 1TB SATA3 HDD, and 8GB (1x8GB) for $681.00 with a one year warranty:
https://outlet.us.dell.com/ArbOnline...aJxKdCig%3d%3d

The outlet laptop having both an SSD and HDD means you can put the OS and programs on the faster SSD, while still having plenty of storage on the HDD for your photos and music, which don't necessarily have to be accessed as quickly. Also, while 8GB of RAM is probably fine for your usage, you could add another 8GB RAM stick, either now or down the line when/if you need it, fairly easily to this laptop by just popping off the back:
https://www.dell.com/support/manuals...f9d&lang=en-us

You can add another 8GB of DDR4 RAM for $65 now, or for cheaper later:
https://www.microcenter.com/product/...-memory-module


And I normally don't go for extended warranties, since 1 year is typically long enough for most defects to appear, and then if it's lasted the first year it's likely to work well past the extended warranty period before it breaks. But it is basically a form of insurance, and while it's not likely to break, if you can't afford to replace it if it does, but can afford the upfront "extended warranty" fee, it may make sense. Dell does offer up to 4 years of extended warranty, and a separate "accidental damage" plan, also up to 4 years, each available in 1 year increments, so either 1, 2, 3, or 4 years of each.
I kind of think the same thing on the laptops that the standard 1 year will cover most things, I figure they are more stable with the SSD as well so less to go wrong. I think my credit card also extends basic mfr warranties but not sure if that applies to electronics. Will check out the outlet thing and see what kind of warranty they offer, Microcenter sells refurbished but its only 90 days which I don't like...

thanks guys! I really hate buying laptops, such a PITA as I only do it once every few years at best and I don't keep all that much up with tech stuff... was astounded to see them selling machines with SSD and only 32gb HD I guess some people don't rely on local storage at all anymore...
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