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Given my computer away because I am so very disappointed.


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#1
Just had to have a whinge..... I am sure that there are many satisfied users of Windows 8...I and the overwhelming majority of people I know are of a similar view to my own.

I am approaching 70 years... and I'll bet that many of the younger generation are thinking that an old fart like me should not be entrusted with such a piece of modern technology. maybe you are right.

In the current economic crisis, many young families rely on the Bank of 'Mum and Dad' to help them with the luxuries.... possibly iphones, tablets and so forth. I tend to mix with retired couples to whom this is routine... need a holiday ? Getting married ? New child on the way ? and many many more .... Grandparents step in and help. I still will but only if they purchase Mac computers.

I have come through since the nineties with a series of computers so I am no stranger to laptops, desktops and hard drives....

Windows, over the years has gradually introduced us all...nay...educated us into a system of using their product... Windows Vista was 'iffy', but continued the education.... Windows 7 is great.

My kids urged me to buy a new laptop... as did the saleslady at Currys... so I invested in a new laptop with Windows 8.

My laptop with Win8 has given me such aggravation, even with simple things, like switching off, switching on, airplane mode (now referred to 'Flight Mode') , things appearing at the side, searches being presented in a weird manner,....I could recite 100's so that finally today I cleaned it....inside and out.... and gave it to a local school.

I don't know quite what Windows 9 has in store, but whoever came up with the concept Windows 8 should have his or her arse kicked. Die quietly, Die peacefully...but just DIE !
 
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#2
Well, I understand how you feel. I myself prefer to stick to Windows 7, but with the advent of mobile devices like tablets (I currently have a Surface Pro 2 running windows 8.1) eventually everyone is going to be forced to use them. There are a few modifications to make windows 8 look and feel like windows 7 but further reading is required...

As for windows 9, Microsoft cancelled it and moved directly to Windows 10. They say the redesigned Windows 10 has a lot of user input and they've brought back a lot of stuff that users wanted from Windows 7. We'll see though...
 

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    Windows 7 Ultimate
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    AMD A8
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    ASUS
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    2GB Palit Nvidia Kepler 630
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    Realtek
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    1TB Seagate
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#3
hello ,iam just over 60 so we are close in age ,and i feel your pain ,i hated win8 to ,so i went back to win7 till win8.1 came out ,and you can boot right to the desktop ,and pin all your most used apps to the taskbar or desktop ,and its much easier than win8.so all you had to do was the free upgrade to win8.1
i also am using win10 prieview and its much better again .microsoft is going to give option to have a start menu (simular to win7)or use new metro start screen .happy non computing ,lol
 

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    win8.1.1 enterprise
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    Hinze57
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    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
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#4

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
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    Laptop
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    MacBook Pro Core2Duo
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    T7600
    Memory
    3
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    ATI Radeon X1600
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    1440 x 800
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    40GB
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
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    Laptop
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    HP ENVY 17-1150eg
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    1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor
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    6 GB
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    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 Graphics
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    Beats sound system with integrated subwoofer
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    1600*900 (1), 1920*1080 (2&3)
    Hard Drives
    Internal: 2 x 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm
    External: 2TB for backups, 3TB USB3 network drive for media
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    Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser (bluetooth)
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    Logitech MX1000 Laser (Bluetooth)
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    50 MB VDSL
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    Windows in English, additional user accounts in Finnish, German and Swedish.
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#6
Not sure what we can do about the grandkids though ...
 

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
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    Laptop
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    MacBook Pro Core2Duo
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    T7600
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    3
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    ATI Radeon X1600
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strollin

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I'm in my early 60's and can't see what it is that people find so difficult regarding Win 8, it's only marginally different than Win 7 with most of the stuff that is different being completely optional. I switch back and forth between Win 7 & Win 8 machines all day long and mostly don't even realize that I am using a different OS. I also find it annoying when people blame their age for not being technically inclined, I feel one is never too old to learn.
 

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  • OS
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built i7-8700K, Toshiba Satellite S55-A Laptop, MS Surface Pro 3, Dell Inspiron 15 5000
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 2.4Ghz Core i7-3630QM, 1.9Ghz Core i5 4300U, 2.8Ghz Core i5 6200U
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    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, Toshiba, MS, Dell
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    16G, 12G, 4G, 8G
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    Nvidia GTX 1050, Intel HD Graphics 4000
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    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
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    Dell S2817Q 28", 15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 1366x768 (laptop)
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data on Desktop, 512GB ssd for laptop, 128GB SSD tablet, 500GB ssd laptop
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    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
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    Coolermaster CM 212+
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    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
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    Microsoft IntelliMouse
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Lee

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#8
What a bunch of . . . I am Seventy years old and have had three strokes. Now I can't walk worth a darn, can't drive my any more (state took my License away, but I still can use a computer without any problem though my typing is sometime a major problem. So instead of complaining why not set your butt down in the chair and learn how to us it or just load windows XP, Vista, or Win 7 and enjoy your computer instead of coming where complaining about how bad everything is for you. Oh, and there is Linux (not my choose, albeit it is another way to go.
 

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  • OS
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion p1423w
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 3330 Ivy Bridge
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    Foxconn - 2ADA Ivy Brige
    Memory
    16 GB 1066MHz DDR3
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    ATI Radeon HD 5450
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    HD Realteck (Onboard)
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    Mitsubishi LED TV/Montior HD, Dell 23 HD, Hanspree 25" HD
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    Mit. 1980-1080, Dell 2048-115, Hanspree 1920-10802
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    1 SanDisk 240Gig SSD, 2 Samsung 512Gig SSDs
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    Tower
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    Original (Fans)
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    Microsoft Keyboard 2000
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    MSE-Defender

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Lee, not coming on to you (happily married) but have to ask, is your avatar you in younger days? :)
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
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    Laptop
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    Acer V3 771G-6443
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    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
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    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
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    Realtek High Definition Audio
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    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
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    90 watt brick
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    Bluetooth
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    Comodo
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    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

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#10
You can easily get rid of Win8 annoyances like the Tiles interface by installing ClassicShell. This returns the start menu and launches you directly into a working desktop -- with much of the look and feel of Win7.
 

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Lee

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Lee, not coming on to you (happily married) but have to ask, is your avatar you in younger days? :)
No. I am a old man. The woman is a Broadway actress by the name of Kristin Chenoweth. She is all of 4' 10" tall with a voice that will blow you away. At 46 she is considered the sexiest woman in music (go figure). Last year alone she made over 86,000,000$ making her the highest paid entertainer on the planet. :p
 

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  • OS
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion p1423w
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 3330 Ivy Bridge
    Motherboard
    Foxconn - 2ADA Ivy Brige
    Memory
    16 GB 1066MHz DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5450
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    HD Realteck (Onboard)
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    Mitsubishi LED TV/Montior HD, Dell 23 HD, Hanspree 25" HD
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    Mit. 1980-1080, Dell 2048-115, Hanspree 1920-10802
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    1 SanDisk 240Gig SSD, 2 Samsung 512Gig SSDs
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    Tower
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    Original (Fans)
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    Microsoft Keyboard 2000
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    Microsoft Optical Mouse 5000
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CountMike

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#12
Dear senior citizens with computers, aren't we supposed to be like wine and improve with age ? I for one am sure I can and love to deal with anything new, I even find it easier to embrace new technology now than let's say 20 years ago. Looking back (have more time now) I can't find almost anything so revolutionary that it was not based on something before that and before that and before that. Windows 8/8.1 just as any other before didn't stray from each other too much, not nearly far enough to not have many many things similar, all that's needed is to pick up on differences, not too much to ask.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
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    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
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    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
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    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
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    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
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    Raidmax
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    CCM Nepton 140xl
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md2lgyk

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What a bunch of . . . I am Seventy years old and have had three strokes. Now I can't walk worth a darn, can't drive my any more (state took my License away, but I still can use a computer without any problem though my typing is sometime a major problem. So instead of complaining why not set your butt down in the chair and learn how to us it or just load windows XP, Vista, or Win 7 and enjoy your computer instead of coming where complaining about how bad everything is for you. Oh, and there is Linux (not my choose, albeit it is another way to go.
Right on! I'm "only" 67, but couldn't agree more. You stop learning, you stop living. I wasn't all that hot on Win 8 (or 8.1) at first, but with a little investment in my time, there's no longer a problem.

Too many people these days are hung up on having things exactly their way. Well, most of my working life was spent in the military, operating and maintaining things from nuclear reactors on down to radios. You can't make such things adapt to your whims; you deal with them as they are designed. Two old expressions come to mind: "It is what it is." And "You don't have to like it, you just have to do it." <rant mode off>
 

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popeye

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Lee, not coming on to you (happily married) but have to ask, is your avatar you in younger days? :)
No. I am a old man. The woman is a Broadway actress by the name of Kristin Chenoweth. She is all of 4' 10" tall with a voice that will blow you away. At 46 she is considered the sexiest woman in music (go figure). Last year alone she made over 86,000,000$ making her the highest paid entertainer on the planet. :p
Lol, I knew she looked familiar! I like her too, she is quite funny also. Sorry for calling you a girl. :)
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
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    Laptop
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    Acer V3 771G-6443
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    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
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    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
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    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
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    Realtek High Definition Audio
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    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
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    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
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The way to keep the mind ticking over healthily is to accept challenges, not by giving in claiming age as an excuse.
Yes W8 was a bit of a pig, but this has been rectified in W8.1.
Am now on the latest Windows 10 preview, and my age 78 this month.
 
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SpainHighlander, I have to add my two cents also. I am 86 tomorrow and love my new new Windows 8.1 Toshiba Laptop. I rarely go to the Start screen working 99% of time from the desktop just like my Windows 7 machines. I have 4 laptops with 4 different Operating Systems (XP, Vista, Win7, Win8.1). I volunteer on the Toshiba Laptop Forums and have for the last 5 years. When helping there with problems, I routinely use the Win 8.1 machine now but at times am using both my Win 7 and a Win 8.1 machine at the same time to answer questions and help with problems. As someone else mentioned above, I have no difficulty switching back and forth between the different Operating Systems.

BTW, when I first installed Win8 as an upgrade to one of my Win7 machines, I hated it with a purple passion and told everyone who would listen that no way was I going to waste my time with that monstrosity.
 

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    windows 8.1
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    Windows 8.1 update 1
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    Dell Inspiron 15R special edition
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    Intel Core i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
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    Intel HD Graphics 4000
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    Firefox
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    Avast
#18
I've got 8.1.1 Pro WMC & have it behaving kinda like XP Pro.

I never use the Metro tiles.
Have Classic Shell.

As long as age is a topic, I'll be 60 in February. {A Youngster}:party:

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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
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    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
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    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
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    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
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    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
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    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
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regarding the comment "with the advent of mobile devices like tablets (I currently have a Surface Pro 2 running windows 8.1) eventually everyone is going to be forced to use them." :huh:

Sorry, but no one will ever force me to use a tablet or any mobile device whilst I am still able to purchase components to build myself a proper computer like a powerful desktop with a 24" high def. screen to go with it. At my age I have no need for tiny screened glorified phone devices as I have no need for 'computing on the go'
I guarantee there will be suppliers of desktop components for umpteen years to come to supplying the desktop market, niche though it maybe.
 
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    Windows 7 Pro. 64bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self built with TLC
    CPU
    Intel Skt 1150 Haswell Core i-7 3.50GHZ
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    Gigabyte Z87-D3HP
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    32GB [4 x 8gb] Crucial Ballistix Tactical XMP 8-8-8-24
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    Realtek HD 7.1 Onboard
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    Hanns-G HW246 24" Full HD
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    Samsung 840EVO 120GB SSD, Seagate 500GB, Seagate 320GB
    Western Digital 320GB, Seagate 2.5" 320GB,
    Seagate 160GB.
    All above drives permanently connected inside PC case.
    Western Digital 250GB [in USB housing for remote back up only]
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    Be-Quiet Pure Power 730w modular
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    Zalman Z9 Plus
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    Thermalright True Spirit 120 BW
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regarding the comment "with the advent of mobile devices like tablets (I currently have a Surface Pro 2 running windows 8.1) eventually everyone is going to be forced to use them." :huh:

Sorry, but no one will ever force me to use a tablet or any mobile device whilst I am still able to purchase components to build myself a proper computer like a powerful desktop with a 24" high def. screen to go with it. At my age I have no need for tiny screened glorified phone devices as I have no need for 'computing on the go'
I guarantee there will be suppliers of desktop components for umpteen years to come to supplying the desktop market, niche though it maybe.
Amen, Brother, I couldn't have said it better as a sixty something member.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64
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    PC/Desktop
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    APF19
    CPU
    i5-760
    Motherboard
    Intel Extreme DP55KG
    Memory
    16 GB of G.Skill
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    Gigabyte HD4670
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    27" LG
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    Stock cooler
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