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Old 07-02-2013, 11:00 PM
 
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My mom's MSN2TV has informed her that as of September 30th they will be closing shop....this is the old WEBTV. She's in her late 70s& just uses the internet to email her kids & grandkids & read the local paper & basic stuff like that.

Would you good people know what I can replace her old WEBTV service with that will be easy for her to cope with & let her do the basic things she did before without getting too complicated ?

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Old 07-02-2013, 11:45 PM
 
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A Plus Senior Computer-Computers for seniors without the gobbledygook since 1998
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:20 AM
 
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Thanks. I'll check it out.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Webtv is so simple to use compared to a desktop or laptop computer.

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Old 07-03-2013, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
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If you could find in stock somewhere a fully configured Windows 7 machine; probably an all-in-one unit, that would be the way to go. They are getting very cheap. Lenova and Asus are some of the best brands.

Windows 8 is unnecessary complication in my opinion. I bought a Windows 7 machine from New Egg sometime ago and it flies. Just plugged everything in and it was ready to go. It really isn't that difficult. Everything plugs in one way. The USB ports are used universally now. They are much easier than years ago and seldom fail. People are always talking about failing hard drives. I've had computers dating back to 1985 and have yet to have a hard drive failure. But if it is a real concern the solid state drives are coming down in price but have less capacity at this point in time. A 1 terabyte machine should be the minimum and I'd try to get 6-8 gb of ram at the minimum. As I say, all of this stuff is getting dirt cheap.

I'd get the biggest monitor possible for old eyes. You don't want to have to squint. Get a 24" or 27" monitor.

Good luck. And don't download any "free" software.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:09 AM
 
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Those appear to be way overpriced as far as the hardware goes with a few minor enhancements for older people like the keyboard. Is the software worth it? For example they have "bonus games" but those are just the MS games, couldn;t you just put a link on the desktop? Same thing with the other things they have listed.

I've never understood why no companies have not come out with a very simple OS that can run on some very basic hardware that would include email, word processor, image editor, browser and a few other must have options.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:14 AM
 
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Good luck. And don't download any "free" software.
There is literally tens of thousands of free applications out there that is very legitimate, you need to research it. If you want to get into web and *nix applications the list grows exponentially.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:28 AM
 
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How's her eyesight? You can buy keyboards that have lighted keys for night time use.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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How about an iPad, with or without a bluetooth keyboard (such as Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio)?
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:34 AM
 
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Good luck. And don't download any "free" software.
Unless you know it's from a trusted source. if you're not sure check with us.

I agree with Windows 7 as a good idea. You can download and install programs that will make Windows Hate look like Windows 7.

Newegg still carried a lot of W7 computers the last time I checked. On the page I linked to look in the list at the left for Operating System and choose one of the Windows 7 options. The list will change when you do. Gray screen the a new list.
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