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Now let's get started with this week's topic from Jean who
wants to upgrade her laptop to Windows 7 from Vista, but is a
bit a hesitant to do so.
According to our members' responses, upgrading your system to
Windows 7 is a relatively straightforward process and
shouldn't be too difficult to do. But there are a few
pointers that our members have mentioned that you should take
into consideration, for example: run Windows 7 upgrade
adviser to make sure that your hardware can handle Windows 7,
back up all your important data before proceeding, and, as
many mentioned, it's always better to do a clean install of
the Windows OS rather than taking the upgrade route where you
install the OS over the existing version. These and a lot
more great tips and advice are in this week's discussion, so
please read through them all. Good luck to you and happy
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Hi. Is it very hard or complicated to install Windows 7 over Vista? I'm not very computer literate and afraid to try it. I
have a Toshiba laptop which I purchased last year with Vista
in it. Any advice or tips on the process? Like do's and
don'ts. This is my only computer and I need it to be working
as soon as it is upgraded. Thanks for all your help.
Hello! I want to get my grandmother an e-book reader for her
71st birthday but I don't know where to start! There are so
many choices right now with the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and more.
Does anyone have recommendations? If you have a reader, what
do you like or dislike about it? I need one that's easy
enough for my grandmother to use, just like she's reading a
real book. But it needs to have portability and a decent
battery life. She does use e-mail at home so she has some
familiarity with current technology.