Posted 17 January 2010 - 06:43 PM
That is why a lot of the people that come here with computer problems get confused. Big Box Companies like Dell, HP, Gateway, Sony et al... sell the computer with whatever operating system along with (for the lack of a better word bloatware) MS Office suites, Norton, McAffee and other products most of which are trial versions that have to be re-activated a few months after purchase. Many of them just get rid of the extra programs and then when they come here for assistance and are asked if they have installation CD's they get really mixed up confusing recovery media with retail media.
Windows installation CD's (prior to Vista) came with just the essentials...Internet Explorer, Outlook, Paint, Note Pad, and Word...If you needed heavier applications such as Excell, Word Perfect, Front Page and what not you had the option to either purchase them one by one or purchase them in a Suite but they most definately weren't free. Some large computer companies may have included some of these items when you purchased your computer but you paid for them on the front end or back end (if you look at it this way)...That is why Vista failed so badly...A lot of the programs that people purchased during the 95,98,2000,and XP days just didn't work well in Vista...That is why everyone was so excited about Windows 7 as it had the option to use older programs in XP Mode if your computer had the capabilities....Unfortunately, some of us are finding out that our systems (while not being particularily ancient) do not have the hardware capabilities to run XP Mode as it is set up in a Virtual Environment and mine for one won't support that...So like Layback and others we have to take our old programs load them up and prey that they work....Some will...Some won't (for those we will just have to put them aside and hope that Microsoft Developers can come up with driver packages that will allow them to work in Windows 7)...Enough rambling...Enjoy the show!!!
Does this look like an OldGrumpyBastard or what?