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Need new computer, help please

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#1 Liijan


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:17 AM

Hi, I'm getting ready to throw my Emachine 3507 with XP out the window soon (oh how lovely the crash will sound, ahhhh) and I need some advice. I was in the market for a laptop... I've never even used one and I thought it would be neat, but now I wonder if I should buy one or just get another PC. The only thing different I wanted to do was plug the new computer into our big screen TV downstairs to watch movies, but I can have the PC down there if it needs to be.


 I'm thinking the smaller screen on the laptop might be an issue, as I'm not seeing as well as I used to... although I do use a 15 inch monitor anyway. See, I can't make even the most basic decision! Are there any issues or features that are a major change from a PC to a laptop?


 Now I've read a little about the differences between Win 7 and 8, I see you have to look around to get a 7 as it's no longer supported. Is there a way to make 8 look and feel more comfortable to the user? I assume there are display settings, right? Is this the major reason why people don't like it? I am particular about my display settings, BTW. But it's better to go with 8 because of the support, right?


Thanks, I'm a mess...

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:51 AM

Hi, Personal Opinion. Do what I did. Use the HDTV set as the display for a desktop computer. It does need to be a HDTV to have a sharp display. That makes the screen nice and big. Get a Wireless Keyboard with Built-in Touchpad or a wireless mouse and sit away from the screen a comfortable distance. Now I can compute while reclining in the recliner and switch back and forth between TV, Computer, DVD/BluRay as desired.

This way You can play videos off of Your computer on the TV, YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, etc.


Windows 8 is what I use. I use it with "Classic Shell" from here.



Classic Shell is a popular Start Menu alternative that allows you to change the Windows Start Menu to appear as different Windows Start Menu styles or a new one created by the developers of Classic Shell. A really nice feature is that for those who do not wish to use the Windows 8 Start Screen, Classic Shell is configured by default to bypass it and boot directly to the desktop.

Windows 8 then runs like Windows 7. No Problems. Windows 8.1 is supposed to add back in the start button. I have not seen it yet.


So Windows 8 by adding a free program is great.


Good Luck


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#3 Liijan

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 06:47 AM

Yes, I've used the TV as my monitor, it is cool, but HUGE! I wouldn't be able to use it often, though, as my hubby is disabled and watches alot of TV. Thanks for your opinion!

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