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New laptop

Joker62

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#1
As the title says, I'm after a new laptop. I've looked at getting one built from a basic spec with upgrades on bits and bobs, such as memory size on hard drive, processor and RAM, is it worth upgrading to Windows 8 at the moment or waiting for a while?
 

Joker62

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#3
Cheers, SD, have been looking at PC Specialist's website and upgrading bits on one of theirs. Am after a 17" screen too.
 
#4
I have just got a new laptop and I am having trouble transferring my photos to the new one. anyone got any tips?
I am a complete numpty when it comes to IT stuff, I have tried windows easy transfer, stuck the data onto a memory stick but cannot get it to work on my new machine. Any suggestions?
 
#5
It should just be a case of copying them to your flash drive (mem stick) and then from that to your new pc. There's very little scope for anything to go wrong in that scenario. Duff mem stick/flash drive? IS it correctly recognised by the new computer?
 
#6
I have just got a new laptop and I am having trouble transferring my photos to the new one. anyone got any tips?
I am a complete numpty when it comes to IT stuff, I have tried windows easy transfer, stuck the data onto a memory stick but cannot get it to work on my new machine. Any suggestions?
For a nominal fee, any PC shop can do it for you.
 
#7
As the title says, I'm after a new laptop. I've looked at getting one built from a basic spec with upgrades on bits and bobs, such as memory size on hard drive, processor and RAM, is it worth upgrading to Windows 8 at the moment or waiting for a while?
Just got a new lappy myself with windows 8. Seems spooky at first, but only after a week it has become second nature.
 
#9
I got a Lenovo last October and can't fault it - stacks of different models available at a good spread of prices.

I'm not tempted by the offer of the cheap upgrade to W8, but if reports are favourable I may reconsider.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#12
I have just got a new laptop and I am having trouble transferring my photos to the new one. anyone got any tips?
I am a complete numpty when it comes to IT stuff, I have tried windows easy transfer, stuck the data onto a memory stick but cannot get it to work on my new machine. Any suggestions?
you can share the drive hosting the pics and copy it over the wifi network at home. turn on advanced sharing on the old drive/partition and allow remote access to computers with network authentication
 
#14
I'm finding it a bit easier now, it's just frustrating that all the basics seem to be "somewhere else" and it's a bugger finding them.

I uploaded Firefox, which I like using, although it took a while to find the Delete History and Cookies, which I like to delete all the build- up of crap ( click on Home on the top right, then click on settings at the bottom)

Also the media app is very idiot- friendly for burning music and video.
 
#16
As the title says, I'm after a new laptop. I've looked at getting one built from a basic spec with upgrades on bits and bobs, such as memory size on hard drive, processor and RAM, is it worth upgrading to Windows 8 at the moment or waiting for a while?
I'd go with anything with "Asus" that's written on it.

Avoid Acer,EMachines, and anything with a name you're not familiar with like it's got the shitty plague.

Toshiba are a really good second, as are Dell, the problem with Dell being that if you need to use the warranty you're in for a rough ride, though the chance of needing warranty is less.

Try and get one with Win7
 
#17
I'm finding it a bit easier now, it's just frustrating that all the basics seem to be "somewhere else" and it's a bugger finding them.
MS have a history of moving stuff around for no obvious reason in recent years; a plus point for Apple there, who leave everything you might want to touch in exactly the same place with each release
 
#19
Rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd hi-jack this one.

Just like Joker, I'm looking to get a new laptop, ours has died on us on the weekend. I'm a complete IT biff and have no idea what to even start looking for in regards to spec. so any and all help would be appreciated.

The wife mainly uses it for work (comprehensive school teacher).
Storing pictures and music.
Needs Word and Excel (is that called Office now?)
It needs to have "Smartboard" (I think that's what my wife called it) compatability.
Minimum 15" screen (thats what we curently have), although bigger would be nice.
General surfing of the internet.
I need it for porn when she's not around and the ability to easily delete all history and cookies. =D
It won't be used for gaming, as I have enough trouble with the Xbox.

Our budget is around £400. Although I'd go slightly higher if there was a big gain in spec. for the extra cash.

We've been told we don't need a massive memory but a large RAM. I don't know if this is correct, or even why we need a large RAM and a small memory.

Any idea's and help?
 
#20
We've been told we don't need a massive memory but a large RAM. I don't know if this is correct, or even why we need a large RAM and a small memory.

Any idea's and help?
Something not quite right there. RAM is memory. More is always better (at least with a 64 bit operating system - a 32 bit OS has a limit of about 3.5 GB, so anything above is wasted). If they were referring to storage space, again the larger the hard disk the better.
 

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