So, a relative’s PC was getting a bit aged, and runs Windows XP, barely, so I talked them into an upgrade. I noticed that Micro Center had HP/Compaq DC5700s for $99. They were standard issue office PCs a few years ago, and there are a lot of them in the refurb channel. We went and got one over the weekend.
“What are you going to do with that?” the sales rep asked. “We only use them as cash registers.”
“Word processing,” I said.
“You sure you want to run Windows 7 on an 8-year-old PC?”
“I wrote the book on running Windows on older PCs. Literally. It’ll be fine.”
I hate calling rank like that, but sometimes it’s what you have to do.
And really, for $99, it’s awfully good. Web browsing is plenty fast, Libre Office runs fine on it, and think about it. Windows 7 retails for $100-$109. So it’s like getting the hardware for free. Or Windows for free, however you want to look at it.
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