Re: Windows 10 or not? (possibly OT) - Laptop

Subject: Re: Windows 10 or not? (possibly OT) - Laptop
From: "Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:50:32 +0800

Like Robert, I recommend Dell's higher-end systems.

* A Dell desktop was my workhorse and then home machine from 2000 to
2009 and was still in working order in 2014 when sent off to live on a
* It was replaced by a Dell XPS laptop. Apart from some software
irritations (e.g. Vista) it has worked fine till recently, when I
switched to...
* Another Dell XPS. So far, so good. Slim, lovely screen, light
(SSD), a battery with stamina. I carry it around the house a lot more
than its slightly heftier predecessor.

Assuming this one lasts for five years, that will be over two decades
of service from three PCs. (#1 child has had a series of student
budget laptops (Dell & ASUS) and they pretty reliably grind to a halt
soon after the 2-year mark.)

Windows 10 came preinstalled so I can't comment on upgrade problems.
It's fine. Some differences from Windows 7, which I use very happily
at work, but not noticeably better or worse.

The main annoyance is all the the phone-home spyware and junk
(McAfee). It's like an aggressive, persistent pickpocket who insists
that you to buy back your wallet and car keys.
--- Stuart


I buy refurbished Dell Latitude laptops and Dell Optiplex desktops
from the business section of You get the
version of Windows, no bloatware, business-level support, and the
machines are tested more thoroughly than new ones.

Forget Inspiron and Dimension. They created those lines to compete
with cheap junk in the consumer market.

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