I have what is potentially an unusual problem that I need help with.
I was given a new computer with Windows 10 for Christmas. I hadn't intended to buy a new computer until I'm able to get off of dial-up internet. I don't know how long I'll be stuck with dial-up, could be months to years as the FIOS installation keeps getting held up.
Anyway... The new computer didn't come with a modem, so I have to buy one. I plan on going with an internal modem (PCI-E), but may have to settle for a USB modem. Shouldn't I turn on the computer and test it out before installing the internal modem? If I do that, will that interfere with the Windows 10 activation? I'm assuming I would need to activate Windows, right? So do I need to activate it the first time I turn it on?
I probably wouldn't ask but I know how Microsoft is - too many uptight ridiculous rules. Also, will there be any other activation issues with me installing an internal modem? I'm not sure if this type of hardware change would cause problems or not. I'm not even clear if I get a product key or not.
I anticipate having problems anyway because of the new Windows design. I'm jumping from Windows XP to 10. I've used Windows 7 at a relative's house, but that's more like XP. I briefly used Windows 8 on my cousin's laptop to install some security measures and that was crazy confusing. I'm sure I'll be fussing and cussing for weeks, if not months.
Thanks in advance to anyone that can help. It's difficult to to keep up with technology when you're stuck on dial-up.