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AUNTPAT wrote: It isn't a 100% sure thing, but a high probability. Legitimate copies will come with a sticker with a serial number on it that the manufacturer/builder is supposed to stick to the computer somewhere to show it is genuine (at least since XP. I'm not sure about before that, but I don't think so.). Like muddawber said earlier, you can buy a new copy and install it. newegg.com advertised one today for $80. I think you have to type in a promo code to get that price.
Wow, I didn't know my computer was illegal. Right now we can't afford a new one but I think I'm going to plan on that in the very near future. I don't like it and yes, I will contact Microsoft. To me, folks have to work hard for an honest living and if someone is doing something illegal then it should be reported. Your computer isn't illegal, just a possibility your operating system is.
I actually just tried to call the place and the number is disconnected. But when I go up that way, I am going to see if they are still there.
No, GaCDBFan, I don't see a sticker anywhere on it. But like I said, I am going to just get a brand new one soon.
I am use to my desktop but I've thought about a laptop but I don't like using your finger for a mouse. I've seen some with the mouses though. Are the laptops as good as the desktops or do they desktops hold up better?
Thank ya'll for the info.
Do you use your computer for much other than getting on the web? You could dump Windows off and use a Linux distribution instead. There are lots of them, and they are all free LEGALLY and most of them are very easy to use because they are so similar to windows in so many ways. One of the easiest to use is Ubuntu. You can download a "live" CD that you can burn to a blank disk, which will start the computer in Linux instead of Windows, and allow you to try it WITHOUT making any changes to your Windows installation to make sure you want to use it and that it works with all your hardware. Look here for more information and some instructions on how to do it: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD If you like it, and everything works, the same disk can wipe Windows off and install Linux on your computer. There are free programs available for Linux, such as Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird web browser and email, openoffice.org for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations that are MS Office compatible, and a LOT more. (Most of them are for Windows too if anybody is looking for free but good programs!)
As far as laptops are concerned, they are generally a bit slower than desktops, especially the hard drive speed. Most people won't notice a huge difference, especially if the computer you are replacing is 2-3 years old. As far as durability is concerned, they are fine. In fact, the hard drive may last longer because they don't spin as fast, and therefore don't get as much wear. The primary down side to laptops is that there is absolutely ZERO room for upgrades inside. The only way to go is external USB, pretty much. However, most people never upgrade their desktops either, so it isn't REALLY all that bad a thing. The nice thing about laptops is that you can fold it up and put it in a closet or something when you are through using it. You don't need a desk. You can carry it with you on trips, and likely have free internet in your hotel room, and in some McDonalds, etc., on the way. There are wireless mouses (do you call plural computer mouses mice like the rodent?) made specifically for laptops. They are smaller, so they take up less room packed away, and newer models come with tiny wireless transceivers that don't stick out of the computer. You don't have to remove them, and you don't have to worry about them being broken off. If you don't want to spend the $30 or so for a wireless laptop mouse, you can use ANY USB mouse, wireless or wired, and it'll work just fine.
Thanks for all the info. I am just going to wait and get a whole new computer that comes with the disc and everything. I also reported that place to Microsoft. I am glad ya'll told me about this cause I didn't know.
Thanks for all your help. This is a nice thing for ya'll to do to help folks.
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