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Windows 7: How long should my Win7 laptop last?

26 Aug 2015   #11

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Another thing you can do is use a external keyboard from the other machine

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28 Aug 2015   #12

Windows 7

Thanks everyone with your comments re: my laptop. It has finally stopped working and so tomorrow, I will be purchasing another one. I found instructions on how to remove the hard drive, which I've done and I had already backed up my files. 32-bit lps seem to be less expensive, do I really need a 64-bit? Also, a youtube video I found on lp's overheating suggested that with new l.p.'s, if you vacuum the vents once a month, it can prevent dust build-up and overheating in the future. The same video suggested downloading speccy which will monitor the heat level. Will check into that later. I will also purchase a ssd suggested by Thrashzone. Any other suggestions so that I can get more than three years out of the next one? I've learned something new from this experience on laptops and increased my knowledge base, and that's a good thing. Thanks, from Jane's (kindle) Fire
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28 Aug 2015   #13

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

The primary reason to use 64-bit is if you intend to use more than 4 GB of RAM.

If you buy a laptop with 8 GB or more RAM, it will NOT recognize more than 3 plus GB of that UNLESS it's a 64-bit machine.

You should keep vents clean. You can also buy a cooler pad to set the laptop on that will cool it down a bit.

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But the laptop will still retain most of the disadvantages regardless of what you do.

Luck has a lot to do with how long it lasts.
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28 Aug 2015   #14

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Janesdf View Post
Now, after three years, my laptop keyboard types the wrong characters, the online keyboard worked a week before it started doing the same thing, the Start menu flashes on and off, the scroll bar rolls to the bottom and is stuck there. Fortunately, I back up regularly.

My laptop is a Lenovo N580 64-bit with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Thanks. Jane
Laptops require periodic blowing out of the inside. If there is cat hair about it will have to be disassembled, because just blowing air in can make it worse. Sometimes a repaste of the CPU is in order, and the fan should be oiled at the same time. I refurb laptops and I do this all the time. A BIOS flash may help too, and after three years a Factory Reset or a fresh install is in order.

If you want to do this yourself, do the reinstall and get a can of compressed air to blow it out. Blow out the keyboard too. Unless the video chip is going, most three year old laptops should have a LOT of life left in them.
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28 Aug 2015   #15

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

32 bit should be just fine but don't expect to do any gaming
If it's just business and general computing 32 bit will do the job :)

Best advice I can suggest is make sure you get a 30 day at minimum return policy and make sure to use it if the machine does run hot
It usually isn't hard to figure that out I returned one because it was exactly like using a mini space heater

If you need help finding one just post a budget and we can look around and suggest some for you to look at with decent spec's :)

We will need to know what region/ state you live in though
It also might be a good idea to sign up with and even for e-alerts of deals they often have deals worth looking at and also offer discounts just for getting some annoying emails

I'd say a suggested budget for a laptop is around
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28 Aug 2015   #16

Windows 7

Thanks. Being that this was an unexpected expense, my budget is under $200 which is why I am looking at refurbished lps. I'm also looking at small form factor desktops for the smaller size. Jane
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28 Aug 2015   #17

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

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28 Aug 2015   #18

Windows 7

Thanks for the suggestion, however, I should have mentioned it must be Win7. I was among those who had horrible problems with Win 8 and 8.1 so I downgraded to Win 7. I'm staying away from all versions of Win 8. For work, I will need 4GB of memory. I am open to more suggestions.
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28 Aug 2015   #19

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I would stick with 32 bit
You can upgrade the hdd to a ssd later and gain more performance than using 64 bit on a low powered laptop,
Plus battery life is better with 32 bit.

Ram actually means very little if using a ssd the speed is in reading and writes not ram : Dell Latitude E5410 Laptop WEBCAM - Core i3 2.26ghz - 3GB DDR3 - 160GB - DVDRW - Windows 7 Home 32bit (Certified Refurbished) : Computers & Accessories
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28 Aug 2015   #20

Windows 7

Thanks, again. I took a look and see it is only 160gb. With all of my software, business and personal, files, etc., I had surpassed 300gb on my laptop which was 500GB. I have a refurbished desktop and laptop in mind, what do you think of these?

HewlettPackard HPDC7900BC20404 - Best Buy

HewlettPackard HPDC7900BC20394 - Best Buy

HP 15.4" Notebook 4 GB Memory 500 GB Hard Drive Black HP 6715BBC5-0509 - Best Buy
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