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Apr. 28th, 2013 @ 10:06 am Better than a Toaster!
A Month to Mary's Bday...

I got her a very very clean, practically never used laptop with decent sized keys but not so big she can't hold it.

Kid took it to middle school and his "Techy" friend twice tried to install Linux and I suspect a dual boot, and wiped out windows 7.

The stickers on the bottom of a laptop will practically never be the actual key, it's a compact, lousy tech supoort, buy HP, tech center is in Texas and you can understand what people are saying, but I seriously doubt they are gonna provide the correct key especially since it's out of waranty and I'm the second owner, so I'm gonna pull the hard drive, plug it into a USB fits any drive made Gizmo and see if the restore to original folder still survives, cause the keys built into it. If that doesn't work I'll search the drive for keys and should have whatever version of Win 7 was on it and try to reninstall from scratch.

Should be able to delete the Lynux, format C:, put it back together and if I'm lucky have it back to the day it was bought.

If not I'll start her off easy with XP. or maybe with win2000 which I always liked, and will make it a bit safer to let her learn on as far as undoing her mistakes hahhaha!

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Date:April 28th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Glad to see you are back. Seems like it has been a while but looking back I guess it has not actually been that long.
I did tech support for a school district for a few years and those kids always seemed to think they knew everything about computers but were never able to fix anything when it went wrong.If you cant get anything Windows installed I would suggest maybe Fedora 17, in my experience it offers the usability of a Mac OS but with the depth of settings that you expect from a Windows OS. For my parents computer I keep a recovery drive hanging around so that I can restore all settings to the way that I originally set them up.

Good to hear from you again, all the best,
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Date:April 28th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Long Time RT!

Life's been hectic here, 2012 was bad from day one and I'm still playing catch up but I'm Still Not Dead!