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Old 04-24-2014, 07:11 PM
 
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I found the Dell software that lets me make recovery discs. It's all good.

Now the problem I have is that this laptop won't restart after I install some software that require a restart. It shuts down and hangs instead of restarting. It restarts just fine when I restart it from the start menu. Weird problem!
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP here! Again guys, I'm planning to buy a new desktop by this summer. I think I'll try Lenovo this time.
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Old 04-26-2014, 08:29 PM
 
Location: California & Texas
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OP here! Again guys, I'm planning to buy a new desktop by this summer. I think I'll try Lenovo this time.
Go for it. A good old Lenovo ThinkCentre M Series desktop will last a long time.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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One could just use OneDrive to backup files, and forgo the Dell software. As long as the amount of data you're backing up is less than what you get for free, or choose to pay for, you can always download the OneDrive client onto a different computer, and it will synchronize that data onto the new machine. It doesn't backup software or registry settings though, but that usually isn't necessary.

You honestly do not need to use OEM backup options anymore, as there are many that will do the trick elsewhere. If you do not want a consistent backup and full synchronize one can always disable the service or uninstall the software and run the executable at a later date. And you do not have to synchronize all of the data on your PC either, just certain folders, though I often choose to because I am running an older computer with a 300 GB drive and I have over 100 GB of storage through OneDrive.

People have a tendency to think they need to backup everything, just to realize that they'll use the same software on the next computer, and that new computer will come with the same software anyway. It's like backing apps on your smartphone, when the license that comes with the app does not restrict you to using it on one device or those apps are already built into the OS.
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Old 04-27-2014, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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Check just about any builder like Dell; HP then type in windows 7. in search. Most have ready systems or will build some to suit; last I saw.
I just bought a laptop and did not want Windows 8 or 8.1, only Win7. I went to Amazon, Dell, and Costco. The choice of computers is really limited when you restrict your search to only Windows 7. I could not find the exact computer/features that I wanted from either Amazon or Dell, with Windows 7. But Costco, I did find it and that is where I bought from. The price was close to the same as the same computer with Windows 8.1 from Amazon.

So you have to look around if you have something specific in mind.
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