I bought a new computer yesterday. I had to. My 3-year-old PC was acting up. Its screen has failed. It randomly changes clear fonts into broken letters. I bought a new monitor. This did not help. And I discovered something very unpleasant about new monitors. I write about this here.
I installed a new video card. No success.
So, I bought a replacement computer.
What do I have to have on my PC? A lot of RAM. I produce videos for my courses for the Ron Paul Curriculum. So, I need a lot of RAM. I got it: 8GB. But I sure didn’t need a monitor. Not now.
I wanted only one crucial option. It is basic. I wanted the machine to work. That was my non-negotiable demand. That meant that it had to have Windows 7.
I went down the Windows 8 road last December. That was a disaster. I wrote about this here.
Hewlett-Packard made me a deal I could not refuse. I could buy a brand-new computer with Windows 7 built in. I did not have to pay $170 extra to have it installed, the way you must do if you buy from a box store. The store does not even sell Windows 7. You have to buy it on-line. Then you have to install it yourself — a nightmare.
It turns out that other computer companies still sell computers with Windows 7 built in. There was a loophole in their contracts with Microsoft. For a time, you can still buy Windows 7 computers — even laptops.
So, there is still hope, if you know what to ask for. But you will have to ask.