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2011-02-22 01:26:08.23558+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Awesome: New laptop! Less awesome: A few hours of burning Windows recovery disks and figuring out what I can safely nuke off.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-02-24 01:19:00.226184+00 by: Dan Lyke

I could probably reload Windows in one of the partitions, but nowadays my deliverables are .doc and .xls, and I get .docx and .xlsx, and as long as I can deal with those nobody cares if I can't do Windows. So I'll probably ignore it for a while, and just get another machine when I have to deal with Windows again.

I've no idea on reliable performing laptops. I got this one because it looked like the Microsoft Store made a mistake on pricing (a few hours later folks on the mailing list I got the hint from were complaining that the price was back up). Charlene and I have been relatively okay with our HPs, and I'm already slightly disappointed with this ASUS that it doesn't have a lockout button for the trackpad.

If money were no object I'd look again at the Fujitsu machines, but as always it's a lot about applicability for a specific task. These days I need a fairly large display, a little bit of battery, and something that runs a word processor and a spreadsheet. I'd still be on my HP if buying this machine wasn't as cheap as replacing the battery and fixing a few things on that one.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-02-23 18:14:39.405254+00 by: andylyke

Congratulations on your new lap top. A couple of things:

I bought a desktop machine a couple of years ago, spent hours burning recovery disks. When it came time to use them, they didn't work. I paid $10 or $15 for a system on disk from the manufacturer (hp) and reloaded just fine. In the future, I think I'm going to do that at the time of purchase.

apropos your later post - could you wipe windows & repartition the disk, then reload windows in one of the partitions?

And finally - any recommendations for reliable, performing laptops? brands, models, ...