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Windows 7: Would a 1 year warranty be sufficient for desktop ?

06 Mar 2010   #11
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Don't you get an extra year added on to the manufacturer guarantee by your credit card company?

Quite a lot of them do.
Was it only for damage or stolen material and problem on payment delay? Might depend of what kind of card.
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06 Mar 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you add the cost of an extra 3 year warranty, you can probably get a new computer. And after 3 or 4 years you will anyhow. In my book these warranties are a scam - like most insurances.
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06 Mar 2010   #13
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Personally, I would never purchase additional warranty on anything, including a desktop, but then I would never buy an over-the-counter desktop anyway. I always build my own, and the only warranty involved is the ones on the components used to build it with. It will vary with the type of component, and the version chosen, but generally the warranty periods of the components that I buy exceed 1 year, which I find preferable to relying on some manufacturer's warranty.

Building one's own computer is very easy, and does not require a lot of time. If things goes well, I can assemble a computer in about an hour, and have it running in 2. Doing this, I don't have to worry about voiding the warranty by opening the case, as is the case with some store bought computers.

All that said, I would not consider a 1 year warranty to be adequate to cover all situations on a desktop, laptop, etc. If I had to pay extra for a longer warranty, I would look for another computer with a better warranty as standard.
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06 Mar 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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If I had to pay extra for a longer warranty, I would look for another computer with a better warranty as standard
Unfortunately there are none of those around, or you pay thru the nose to get the better warranty - indirectly. But even if you do not build yourself, you can go to a small local builder. There you can usually make individual arrangements.
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06 Mar 2010   #15
Terrorz

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Its been 2 months now I got my laptop, and I didnt get any warranty with it, most come with 1 yr of manufacturer warranty... and long as you have a good antivirus, dosent have to be a paid one, Microsoft Security Essentials is great and free. For hardware I would say you have to treat your laptop well, and use it very delicately and PCs are stronger I would say, but in my opinion in the long run laptops are better, but of course as long as you take care of either, then they both will be perfect. Get a lapptop
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07 Mar 2010   #16
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Build your own PC and if it breaks a stupid technician will not have to fix it, taking years.
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07 Mar 2010   #17
HJA

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Build your own PC and if it breaks a stupid technician will not have to fix it, taking years.
How true!!! I needed to replace a Gateway 486 board (I know, I'm old)and Gateway wanted $700 for a new one. Found a used for $75 and replaced it myself. Never looked back. Learn to repair it yourself. Much cheaper and faster.
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07 Mar 2010   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HJA View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Build your own PC and if it breaks a stupid technician will not have to fix it, taking years.
How true!!! I needed to replace a Gateway 486 board (I know, I'm old)and Gateway wanted $700 for a new one. Found a used for $75 and replaced it myself. Never looked back. Learn to repair it yourself. Much cheaper and faster.
$700 for an old board - that is street robbery. Only problem with building yourself is with laptops. I have not seen anybody build one of those yet. But I guess it can be done.
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07 Mar 2010   #19
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HJA View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Build your own PC and if it breaks a stupid technician will not have to fix it, taking years.
How true!!! I needed to replace a Gateway 486 board (I know, I'm old)and Gateway wanted $700 for a new one. Found a used for $75 and replaced it myself. Never looked back. Learn to repair it yourself. Much cheaper and faster.
$700 for an old board - that is street robbery. Only problem with building yourself is with laptops. I have not seen anybody build one of those yet. But I guess it can be done.
i think the logistics for that is out of our reach but i would certainly love to have a go at building a laptop
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07 Mar 2010   #20
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

I know too many who have been disappointed with the extended warranties ...
Their computers were tore up being serviced by non factory personnel.

Personally .. I like the manufactures warranty ...
Notice that the top two computer Here .. Have a 2 year factory warranty.
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