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#1 Glenn Gilbert

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 08:05 AM

Hello, 

 

I just purchased a Lenovo H50 desktop computer which came with Windows 10 installed. I do medical transcription from home and at this time I am in between jobs. With my old employer they gave us the equipment we needed in order to work but now I have to supply my own computer. From the jobs I have been seeing none of their platforms will work with Windows 10. I purchased the computer at Best Buy and was told that if I purchase Windows 8.1 they could install that system for me in a way where I could use Windows 8.1 for work and Windows 10 for personal use. Has anyone heard of anything like this and will this slow down my computer? 

 

Also, where would be the best place to purchase Windows 8.1? 

 

Thanks.

 

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 08:12 AM

Hi Glenn :)

I purchased the computer at Best Buy and was told that if I purchase Windows 8.1 they could install that system for me in a way where I could use Windows 8.1 for work and Windows 10 for personal use. Has anyone heard of anything like this and will this slow down my computer?


Yes, this is entirely possible. This is what we call "dual-booting", which means that you'll have two OS (Operating Systems) installed on one computer (one hard drive in your case). Basically, you'll have Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 installed, both having their own partition, and when you start your computer, you'll be given the choice to use either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (since you cannot use both OS at the same time that way).

Dual-booting, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-booting
HowToGeek tutorial on dual-booting Windows 10 with Windows 7 or 8/8.1: http://www.howtogeek.com/197647/how-to-dual-boot-windows-10-with-windows-7-or-8/

Also, where would be the best place to purchase Windows 8.1?


Anywhere as long as the place you buy it from is legitimate and have the right to sell Windows licences (eg: BestBuy, Staples, Newegg, NCIX, etc.).

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 10:40 AM

Glenn,

 

          If the stuff works with Windows 8.1 I would certainly give it a try with Windows 10 to see if it will work before going the dual boot route with two very similar versions of Windows.

 

          Just because the various companies have not yet had time to certify that things will "play well" with Windows 10 does not mean that they will not, particularly if they already did so for Win 8.1.


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Posted 03 November 2015 - 03:35 AM

Glen is right!  I haven't found a single piece of software or hardware yet from my old Windows 7 or 8.1 machines, that will not run on Windows 10, and I run a huge amount of software!



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Posted 03 November 2015 - 03:40 AM

There are special laws that apply to medical transcription.  Ask whoever you'll be working with what system you should get. Most hospitals, labs, physician practices, research institutions are very picky about what to use, given HIPAA can be easily violated; most will want you to be on XP or at most, Windows 7.  So don't make any decisions until you know what system will be legal for medical transcription for whomever you'll do the transcription.


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