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No mate, check out distros like linux mint or Ubuntu, they are free to download and use. They will run from a USB stick so you can try before you commit to a full install. You can also dual boot with a Windows OS so have both OS on your hard drive and pick which you want. Linux also runs great on older hardware so my 5 year plus old lap top still runs like a much newer machine compared to a Windows OS

Thanks Ian when I have finished my pole rigs I might set aside some time to take a look. I have used Suse Linux any particular reasons you recommended Mint or Ubuntu, apologies for the question bombardment. :)(y)
 

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Thanks Ian when I have finished my pole rigs I might set aside some time to take a look. I have used Suse Linux any particular reasons you recommended Mint or Ubuntu, apologies for the question bombardment. :)(y)
Mint is very windows like in useability and has a large user base and good support. I have used a few different ones over the years but settled on mint. It's a good way to kill time and a great sense of achievement once you bin windows.
 

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Thanks IanG1 I'll take a look all I have to do now is remember how to mount the hard drive. :D
 

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I tried Windows 10 when it first came out, and soon binned it. When I installed it on my daughters PC, after they'd sorted most of the problems, it's been very good to be honest. In fact I don't think she's had any issues at all, although she doesn't use it that much as she uses an iPad for most of her interests.
 

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In W10 I hate the start button so use Open Shell

You could try a linux distro my favourite is Mint - Great for older hardware (Mate)

Great software but a little advanced when it goes wonky ( not often in my limited experience )
 

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@pauln

If you install Open-Shell can you uninstall it and go back to the default W10 start menu layout?
 

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I will open a VM and test

Yes Uninstalled via programs and features
Also at top of start menu you can swap ;P
 
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@pauln

If you install Open-Shell can you uninstall it and go back to the default W10 start menu layout?
Easiest way would be to have the open source on a flash drive and set the pc to dual boot, that way you can revert if you don't like the open source
 

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I have an old desktop and large monitor in spare room not used/powered up for over a year. Originally on Vista, I think (!) I upgraded to Windows 7 a year or too previously, but in truth can't remember.
Not being a techie, I'm now reluctant to use it lest it incur all sorts of probs, so stick to this Samsung W10 laptop, and a 10" tablet. I do very little on computer now other than mails, check news sites, blogs, occasional word processing and similar very basic stuff.
Any suggestions as to how I could make it useful again?
Thanks
 

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2 problems that I encounter with Windows 10:
1. The curser occasionally freezes. Unfreezes after about 20 seconds
2. The slider bar (up/down) on the right of the screen occasionally disappears. I have to "hover" over where it should be to make it reappear.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions
I have a spare HDD, so I'll download one of the suggested open source systems onto that and try it out.
BTW, I had Win 10 when it was free and reverted to Win7 after about 3 weeks. If I want Win10 now, do I have to pay for it? :cry:
 

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Answered my own question.
I seems that I can upgrade to Winn10 for free here
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions
I have a spare HDD, so I'll download one of the suggested open source systems onto that and try it out.
BTW, I had Win 10 when it was free and reverted to Win7 after about 3 weeks. If I want Win10 now, do I have to pay for it? :cry:
Well I didn't have to pay SM, I went well over supposed time limit too. I think if you have the genuine W7, you won't have to pay if you install 10 through that. It takes a fair while but it's very easy, just make sure you have enough space.
 
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