Posts Tagged ‘Windows 7’

Need a Deal to Replace That Windows XP Computer?

imageI had a client recently upgrade to a new computer, and they just gave their old computer to me.  So I’ve totally wiped the hard drive clean, ran maintenance software on it to make sure it was in good overall health, then installed Windows 7 along with Microsoft Office.

This Dell computer is a quad-core Intel processor (same one I recently used as my main system), along with 6GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive with a CD/DVD burner.

Those of you reading this are getting first chance to pick up this computer for the cost of getting it ready – $250.  The computer itself without my setup is easily worth $200.  And in addition, I’ll transfer your data to the new computer for free!  This is a really good computer that will last you for years – if it will make you feel better, I’ll add a 1-year warranty on it for another $50.

Next week I’ll open this up to my clients on a budget that I know need a replacement computer, but if you’re following my blog, I’d like to reward you first.

Now, if you’re NOT in the Austin area, you’ll need to pay the shipping costs to get it to you, but I’ll still remotely handle the data transfer for you.  I probably won’t get another system this good to recycle, so get it now or go buy a new computer (figure $500 for a new PC plus another $150 for the setup/data-transfer.)

Contact me if you want it – it’s ready to go!

Deal: Lenovo Laptop with Core i5 for $449

imageWhen it comes to standard laptops, I think you’re much better off with Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 (you really need a touchscreen to make the most of Windows 8.)  Well, it’s getting harder to find new PC’s with Windows 7 on them, but has a Lenovo G570 with an Intel Core i5 processor for only $449 with free shipping.  It has a 15.6” screen, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive.  Of course it has a built-in webcam, DVD burner, memory card reader and something people often overlook, a very nice keyboard.

So if you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift or maybe a last minute write-off for your business, check out the Lenovo G570:

Upgrade to Windows 8 for $15. Should You?

If you bought a new computer with Windows 7 since June 2nd, you’re probably eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 when it comes out in October for only $15.   If your PC is a little older, you can still upgrade to Windows 8 for only $40, which is still a bargain.  The question is – should you?

Windows 8 is quite different than the Windows you’re used to using now.  The initial screen is composes of large tiles rather than small icons and are more closely linked to your online accounts. 

My experience with the beta versions of Windows 8 so far is that most of my clients may want to wait to see what the next version or Windows brings us in a couple of years.  If you’re currently running a computer with Windows XP, you need to upgrade in the next 18 months because Microsoft is ending support for XP in 2014, so getting a Windows 7 machine NOW might be the best upgrade to make.

Windows 8 isn’t horrible, and underneath the tiled interface is a more familiar Windows 7 interface, but when you’re happy with something, you may not want to have to learn how a new operating system works.

If you’re still running Windows XP, consider getting a new computer in the next few months with Windows 7 – that way you’re good for many more years.

Windows 7 Family Pack Goes Away December 31st


According to Amazon, Microsoft is ending the Windows 7 Family Pack on December 31st.  The Family Pack is a Windows 7 upgrade license for 3 pc’s, and includes both 32 and 64-bit versions at a substantial discount.  The regular price for ONE copy of Window 7 Hope Premium upgrade is around $120, but for this last week of December you can get 3 licenses for about the same price.  I checked Amazon and it looks like they are already sold out.  NewEgg still has it in stock for $125 with free shipping.  If you’re thinking about it, act fast.  Split it with a friend and cut your costs to less that $42 a copy.

Deal: Windows 7 3-User Pack – $119

imageHere’s another reminder that if you’re consider upgrading to Windows 7, now’s the time to get it at a great price.  No one knows how long Microsoft will continue to offer the family pack, so go in with a friend if you need to and split the cost.  When the family pack goes away, it will cost $119 for just ONE license.  If you have Vista you are 95% sure to be able to run Windows 7, Windows XP users maybe 50/50.  Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from to make sure your system is ready.  If it is, get this deal from Dell and save $30 over the normal price for the family pack:

DEAL: Bigger and Better Than a Netbook for $299 has a Lenovo (they bought the IBM PC division several years ago) 14.1” for the price of a netbook.  imageThis is a refurbished unit, but if you’re on a budget read on, because this could be a VERY good deal.  IF you bought a netbook, you would get a weak 1.6 GHz processor with 1GB of memory, no CD or DVD drive and a 10” screen (way too small for most people.)  With this Lenovo you get a 14.1” screen, 2GB of memory, a 2GHz Core2 Duo processor and better video.   The downside would be a 90 day rather than 1 year warranty, an 80 GB hard drive rather that approx. 250 GB and Windows XP (some but not all netbooks come with Windows 7.)  But with the Windows 7 Family Pack it’s cheap to upgrade to Windows 7 (less than $50 a PC if you shop) and IF you need hard drive space, HUGE hard drives are less that $75 these days.  Here’s the link:

DEAL: Acer 15.6” Laptop with Webcam $359

image OfficeMax has the Acer Aspire Notebook with a 2.3GHz dual core Pentium processor, 3GB of memory, 320GB hard drive, built-in webcam and Windows 7 for $359.99.  It also has built-in 802.11n wi-fi, gigabit ethernet and comes with a 1 year warranty.  It’s an online only deal.

DEAL: Lenovo 15.6” Laptop – $399 at Office Depot

image Office Depot has the Lenovo G550 15.6" LED-Backlit Widescreen Laptop Computer a Pentium Dual-Core Processor for $399 through 9/25.  It’s a good, basic laptop with lots of memory, a decent size 250 GB hard drive, built-in webcam, numeric keypad and Windows 7.  For average apps like Word and Excel, and web-surfing and watching videos on YouTube, this is a great deal.  The web site says “Delivery Only” so don’t expect to see it in the store.  Here’s the link:

Windows 7 Family Pack is Coming Back

The rumor is no longer a rumor, Microsoft announced today that they are brining back the Windows 7 Family Pack on October 3th for a limited time.  For $149 you get 3 licenses and (if it’s like a year ago) both 32 and 64 bit versions.  A great way to upgrade the whole family or save some money with a friend.  If you’re  running Windows Vista you can probably run Windows 7 with no problem.  XP machines may need a memory upgrade.  Use Microsoft’s upgrade advisor at to see how ready your machine is.


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