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Posted 29 April 2018 - 05:57 PM
Posted 29 April 2018 - 06:04 PM
Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:46 AM
A very great many "sluggish" old computers can be promptly brought back to life by first backing up all your user data then doing a completely clean install of Windows on the machine. If you add an SSD instead of an HDD on top of that the result can be quite startling.
Your usage requirements are very, very basic. One thing you do need to ask yourself is whether or not you need to keep all of your photos on the laptop in question for instant access or whether there are a substantial number that are "relatively inactive" that could be offloaded to an external drive. Regardless of whether one offloads or not, you must back up your laptop and, if offloading is used, the drive that is the offload drive. A minimum of two copies must exist and, if this stuff is really precious, a third should be made occasionally and stored somewhere off site so that were disaster to strike in your home or office it would still exist.
I am a big believer in OEM refurbished if you're on a budget. The laptop I'm typing on is an HP refurbished 15-ba011cy that came with a 2TB HDD, 12 GB of memory, and has an AMD A12-9700P APU that cost just a hair over $400 USD when I bought it. I bought another for my partner and both are indistinguishable from brand new (or were, anyway, when we first opened the boxes).
I would certainly consider doing a clean slate install of whatever version of Windows you have on your existing laptop to see if that brings it back to a much "zippier" state since your needs are quite basic.
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134
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~ Ruth Marcus, November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story
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