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Windows 10 / Acer Computers

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by SimonCornwall, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. Scott

    Scott Moderated user

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    Yep I know that feeling, I was a windows 3.11 /NT 3.5 Tech..
    I did work with NT4/2000/XP & 95/98 but not to any great in-depth degree...

    My working knowledge is far beyond obsolete now that everything has gone all fisher price
     
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    I built a lot of pc's using xp years ago and I got used to it. Then vista came out and I got out of that game. I pratted around with windows7 and 8 then 8.1 and couldn't get used to them. Ended up working in IT again last year with Windows 10.
    I hated Windows 10 at first but then I got used to it and I can get along with it quite fine now.
     
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    Just buy a Mac, Windows is light years behind.
     
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    it seemed so much more straightforward with a cup of coffee, your pile of numbered 1.44mb floppy disks, formatting the drive then loading DOS and then windows onto some old and grubby IBM machine with a 25mhz processor and a few kilobytes of RAM. Some people even asked for wordperfect.

    Windows 10 recovery disk on the way, I can't do anything till it arrives with what I've got access to atm, hopefully there are no hardware issues, we shall see
     
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    What do you mean? Have you purchased a usb stick which you're going to turn into a recovery drive?
     
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    As others have said boot Linux from a disc or usb without installing it. This will allow you to rummage around to save what's important. Then do a fresh install of windows. If you can't get the product key then buy one salvaged from a dead 'puter on ebay for a tenner or less.

    Save having to do this crap again by saving everything to a cloud based backup service such as Mega including the written down W10 key.
     
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    Not sure everyone understands how Windows 10 product keys work now.

    If the laptop/desktop was purchased with an OEM version of Windows 10 the product key will be on a sticker attached to the laptop/desktop case.

    If you upgraded or installed via an online download your Windows 10 product key is linked to your Microsoft account, after reinstallation login and the OS will be activated automatically.

    Very rare now a days to need to record the product key.
     
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    back up and running, the recovery disk worked though I did a clean install losing all apps/settings, looks like the old version of windows is saved in a partition meaning I can recover docs or most of them like sky said.

    what pbrown said was my understanding but there is no sticker/product key showing on this 18mth old all-in-one acer though you can pick it up from my computer/properties and I did not have to enter it when re-installing it, it just picked it up from the mobo

    it's not much harder doing this with windows10 than older versions but none of the recent versions are as logical as dos6/windows3, updates done surprisingly fast

    still a way to go re-configuring, restore points, email accounts, favourites (saved) etc and making it look how I want it but all seems good so far

    if anyone gets to a stuck/looping windows 10 machine I can confirm a 2.99 recovery disk from eBay will fix it

    a reminder to do backups of important stuff just in case, anyway
     
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    Glad it's back up and running.
     

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