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Tue Dec 31, 2019, 03:39 PM

Please help with my question

I didn't download Windows 10 like I should have. If I get a new tower do I need one with both dvi and vga ports because that's what my old one has and my monitor has both. Pleases help. Thanks in advance.

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Response to blueinredohio (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 03:45 PM

1. All I can say that the more ports you have, the better. Who knows what new things may ...

come out...if anything, you don't really need to utilize the unused slots, just make sure that you have ample room for future growth (so you can insert into any unused slots a new drive, or something of the sort).

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 03:54 PM

2. Thanks for the help

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Response to blueinredohio (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 04:27 PM

3. We could use some clarification on why you mentioned W10, as far as the ports go you only need one

 

of those for your existing monitor and DVI is better than VGA. Your new computer will have HDMI and 1 or 2 other monitor connections such as DVI but you can buy adapters to fit your current old monitor.

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Response to braddy (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 04:59 PM

5. I mentioned windows 10 because my Windows 7 won't be upgraded

and I figured you have to have the upgrades. Don't you? That's why he new tower with Windows 10.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 05:09 PM

7. Your windows 7 will upgrade to W10, is there anyone who can help you through the process?

 

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Response to braddy (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 05:57 PM

8. Where would I find out how to do that?

I have a nephew who lives when he's not in school. He's coming home Friday. I could ask him.

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Response to blueinredohio (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 06:04 PM

9. He should be able to do it or follow the directions on how to do it. Downloading W10 is simple

 

enough, but takes some time and you have to click on the prompts as it asks you preferences, then you will be restarting your computer a few times as the first download brings your computer up to date enough for the next step in the complete W10 download.

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Response to braddy (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 06:29 PM

10. We will try it if he has time, if not we have quite a few computer places that

Will come to your house. I may call one of them. Thanks for your help and will let you know if I get it done. DUers are life savers.

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Response to blueinredohio (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 04:30 PM

4. Honestly, you can find cables to connect your monitor to pretty much any PC.

So I wouldn't worry so much about a new tower having the same ports as your monitor. A newer PC may very likely only have HDMI and/or DisplayPort connections, and will likely have graphics capability vastly superior to what you have now. Better to get a cable to use your older monitor until you're ready to upgrade than bottleneck yourself in the future.

Also, a bit of unsolicited advice if you're planning an OS upgrade. Look into ZorinOS. (http://zorinos.com) It's a Linux distro, based on Ubuntu, the ultimate version of which costs something like $30, and comes with a ton of useful software, include CAD, 3d modelling/animation sw, office, music production software, media player, etc.

It also has the quite useful feature of having several different desktop environments, among which are ones that quite closely mimic the look and feel of either Mac or Windows, which makes the transition pretty painless, at least for the day-to-day stuff. And honestly, Linux is a lot easier to pick up, and a lot less hassle to deal with than you might expect.

And it comes with WinE, which is a Windows emulator that will allow you to run a fair number of Windows applications from within Linux. And of course you can set up a new machine to dual boot into either Linux or Windows.

Food for thought.

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Response to better (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 31, 2019, 05:02 PM

6. Thanks for the advice but I'm 62

so about all I do is play games, surf and download pictures and some music.

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