This has been a busy week for Windows 7 upgrades. The typical upgrade involves backing up all personal data, cataloging product id codes from installed software like Microsoft Office, adding any necessary hardware like memory modules and video adapters, imaging the original hard drive as a precautionary measure, wiping the hard drive and then finally installing Windows 7 with the appropriate drivers, installing the previous Office software, activating the software and then finally copying all of the original personal data to the now upgraded system. The cost including sales tax ranges from between $188 to $284. A few customers have taken me up on a less expensive option costing less than $100 and it’s a very interesting option. Below, please take a look at some screen shots from a formerly virus plagued Dell Dimension 3000 that was originally purchased in 2004. It now has an extra gigabyte of memory and is running the 32 bit version of LXLE Linux. The total cost of updating was less than $100 and the results are amazing… and since it’s running Linux, it will never be infected with another Windows virus.
Libre Office and much more.
Moral of the story: don’t throw away your old computers.