My parent's only PC, a 10 year old Vista HP, just died. They only need a PC to surf the internet so I was planning to fix up an old Win 8 desktop that's been collecting dust at my place. Recently I checked it & I know the only problem is that I tried to do the free upgrade it to Windows 10 (so it might be 8.1) and it was an unsuccessful install, then the restore to Windows 8 was unsuccessful as well. Plus those partitions that come with a rescue copy of Windows on it rarely work for me. So, I just gave up on it and stuck with using my laptop or tablet for the past few years.
Now I think I just need to find a reasonably priced a Windows 10 Home licence to buy. However, my parents brodband isn;t working as it should. They pay the cable company for 30GB speed connection & are only averaging 2-8GB when I run speed tests over Wifi (if they're not using their TIVo to record or to stream programming, which is the only hobby either of them have) and then there's no internet connection at all if it's windy or stormy outside. So, there's no way I will be able to download a copy of Windows on their machine and I can't bring my laptop for the holiday.
I've been telling them for years that they have a bad cable wire running across 1 acre of land to their house for years. This was confirmed when someone phone the phone company came out and told me that the cable wire was in really rough shape from their frequent ice storms and 5 hornets nests he had to remove from the junction box on the the pole on the road outside their property line that the telephone company & the cable company share. However, there's no other Cable nor Broadband ISP in the area & it would probably cost them a bunch of time and money to replace an acre long cable line, so they keep blaming my parent's problems on "Widgets." I can't stand people that make up fictions reasons & parts just to confuse the non-tech savvy over 50 crowd! I'll have to be there to start a battle with the cable company after they have a working Win 10 PC in the house later this winter.
Anyways, 1st, I don't know where to buy a Legit Copy of Windows 10 Home for a fair price. There's so many different licence options, many of which (Like Refurbished & Builder) I don't think this machine qualifies for. Then here's so many scam artists selling bogus licences, but I also think that Microsoft is selling it at an overpriced rate. I know $29 is too good be true, but is there must be a reliable middle ground to purchase it from? And how much is a good price to pay?
2nd I won't be able to download Windows 10 Home while I'm at their home and I'll be leaving on January 1st. So, I was thinking of buying 1 of those Recovery/Re-installation disks (I know they can be from shady sellers, but I will be buying a Legit Licence number anyways.) So, then I will have the disk to install & setup the PC Right before I leave. Does that sound ok or is that a bad idea?
Thanks so much for your help and advice!