Windows 10 Pro License Discount

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Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by draclvr » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:03 am

For those of you still running Windows 7, you only have about 5 more months until Microsoft stops all support. That means there will be no more security updates and you should really take the computer off-line to be safe. Microsoft is very good about supporting their operating systems for 10 years, but there comes a time that the older, less secure platforms are just too difficult to keep patched and secure. Plus, right now they are supporting 3 operating systems... Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

I get a Windows 10-based newsletter from Windows Chimp. It's usually just information and today a warning about some new malware. But a couple of times they have offered a license for Windows 10 Pro for $79. It is $190 - $200 at Newegg and Amazon. This is a full retail version which you can use to either upgrade or do a full clean installation.

I have purchased two of these licenses from Windows Chimp and both worked perfectly. I used both to do full clean installations on new solid state discs. You would need to download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft and then when prompted during your installation, enter the license.

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I have no idea how long they will be offering the license at this discount.
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Re: Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by JKEerie » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:43 am

You know, Drac, the problem with some of us laptop owners is to find completely compatible drivers to work on Windows 10. Laptop manufacturers don't offer updated drivers as it stands. Getting a driver from the component manufacturer directly doesn't always work due to the tweaking that the laptop manufacturers do their drivers. I've tried newer ones only to have to roll back to the originals. So...I won't be updating this laptop from Windows 7. I am, however, looking for my next one. I like the Asus I've had since 2010. It has served me well, so I'm leaning toward them again. I like the portability of the laptop versus a desktop, since I can take it to any room...and more comfortable seating...to play or work. Thanks for the heads up, though.

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Post by draclvr » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:12 am

I agree with you... laptops just don't have great driver support. Let me know when you start looking - I get insider deals all the time. I like ASUS too and used an ASUS motherboard in my grandson's computer that he and I built in March. Loved that motherboard and will be using ASUS for my next built too.
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Post by JKEerie » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:05 pm

I'll probably start seriously looking in the next few months. I've looked at some offers and deals at the Asus website. I wasn't quite ready to pull the trigger though. Prices keep coming down as they are always coming up with the next model for the most serious gamers. I'm also thinking I may go with one with Nividia graphics versus ATI. Do you have a preference one over the other with respect to graphics?

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Post by draclvr » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:46 pm

I've only used Nvidia graphics and will stick with them. A very good time to start looking is the "back to school" sales and then again towards Christmas. The school laptops are usually very low end as most college students don't need a good gaming laptop. A good one costs in the range of $1400 and up too!
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Re: Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by draclvr » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:54 am

I know you're not ready, but I got this email from Nvidia this morning. One thing I would highly suggest you look for when you're ready is a minimum of a 512 GB SSD - solid state drive. You won't believe how fast and wonderful an SSD is. I don't think I could go back to a regular hard drive!

Nvidia Back to School Laptop Sale

Winfrey just got a brand new Razer laptop and is loving it!
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Re: Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by JKEerie » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:52 pm

Well, I bit the bullet and found a sweet Black Friday deal online at Walmart: ASUS ROG STRIX 15.6" Laptop, Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti GDDR6 6GB, 8GB RAM, 512GB PCIE SSD, Black, GL531GU-WB53. Only $899.

I decided I didn't need a 17 inch display which I have now on my Asus. To get this much laptop for under $900 was too good to pass up.

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Post by draclvr » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:39 pm

Oh, what a good, good deal! Well done. I thing you're really going to like this one. In particular, you're going to quickly get used to the screaming fast speed of that SSD! Can't wait to hear what you think of it once you get it set up!
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Re: Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by JKEerie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:18 am

Thanks, Drac. It's supposed to arrive tomorrow. It always takes a while to get used to a new computer. I will likely still use my Windows 7 laptop for some things. It's still running great. That's why I decided on another Asus. How hard of an adjustment will it be getting used to Windows 10?

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Post by draclvr » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:50 am

I don't think very much. There was no one more adverse to getting Windows 10 than GreyFuss. But he was forced to when his Windows 7 drive failed in his desktop. I helped him through getting a new speedy SSD and a copy of Windows 10 and installing it. He then connected the failed drive and the new drive could "see" all his precious data and files. He was able to transfer everything over to the new Windows 10 drive. I helped him with a couple of Windows 10 things and he said he had found it pretty easy to get used to.

I can do Windows 10 in my sleep, so PLEASE just holler at me if you need any help!
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Re: Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by JKEerie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:59 am

Thanks, Drac! I will appreciate your expertise.
BTW...in addition to the sweet deal on the laptop, I also got 10% cashback through Rakuten, and 5% cashback from Discover! That'll buy me the Office Suite you posted about in the other thread.

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Re: Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by draclvr » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:13 am

Well, then... SCORE! Merry Christmas to you!
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Post by JKEerie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:16 am

Yes. It definitely came early for me!

Just realized the Rakuten was "up to 10%" so I got only 1% for the electronics. Still...6% total wasn't bad. Paid for almost half of the Office suite. :D

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Re: Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by draclvr » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:33 pm

Definitely not a bad deal at all. Have fun!
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Re: Windows 10 Pro License Discount

Post by JKEerie » Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:40 am

Had an issue with my Windows 7 machine this week. I installed the latest Windows update and this time it jammed my laptop. It just hung on reboot. I went into Safe Mode and was able to reboot. I did a system restore, and it appeared to work. I tried the Windows update a second time...but did just the important update. Same issue. This time, though, I had difficulty with system restore. I was able to reboot into Safe Mode...but not normally. The startup hung on a gray screen just after the welcome screen. No desk top. I also noted the bluelight indicator for my hard drive was just giving a faint flicker. After researching online, back in Safe Mode, I ran a file scan using a CMD prompt. It found some corrupt files, but still no dice on the bootup. Next I ran a Check Disk. It found a couple bad sectors and repaired them. Still no dice. By this time, I'm figuring my boot files got corrupted. So, I found a computer service place not far away that had gotten great reviews online. I called and spoke with a Tech who figured the same issue with the boot records. I took the laptop in. The tech, Tony, was with an 85 year old lady who was having issues with her laptop mouse. (He gives her free service.)

First off, he loves Asus. Asus and Lenovo are the two best laptops in his opinion. Tony did some boot file repair using some software he has and we did the restart. Same issue...gray screen. We let it run and chatted. He gave me the story of the 85 year old and why she gets free service. Every once in a while, we'd see the little blue circle on the gray screen...like the laptop was trying to do something. Suddenly...we saw in the corner the small Webroot splash screen that I usually get on startup. Tony said: "You use Webroot? Hate Webroot." I asked why, and he explained the large footprint it takes up on a machine. He also recalled that they have had issues with Windows 7 machines and Webroot recently...all startup issues. I suggested we go into Safe Mode and uninstall it. Bingo! Laptop booted up quickly after that. I never would have guessed that Webroot was the issue! I've been using it for years with no incidents. (I actually have almost 2 years to go on my latest deal!)

Tony installed some utilities and ran some scans (HiJack This, Autoruns, and Malawarebytes). Found a few things and we took action. I was there about 2 hours...cost was fair for the time. I now have a place if stuff goes wrong. He did recommend what he considers the best antivirus suite, ESET. Small footprint. Doesn't create problems. I told him since, I've got so much time on my Webroot, I'll use it on my Windows 10 machine for now (I actually have it on 2 of my older laptops...but they are rarely used. I keep them if I need them for older games.)

I have contacted Webroot support about the issue. Without Webroot I was able to install the Windows Update just fine. So...I'm in a quandry as to what to do. Do I chance Webroot and perhaps just not have it autorun on Startup? Do I just disable it when I'm doing a Windows update? There shouldn't be too many left. Any thoughts, Drac?

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