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    Help buying new computer

    I am going to be purchasing a new computer soon and I need help. Can anyone help with some of the following questions or recommend websites I could do research on?

    Background: I will mostly be using the computer for internet, email, word processing, digital pictures. Game playing is mostly limited to solitaire.

    Questions:
    Is a Pentium processor worth the extra cost over a Celeron?
    Will my Office 2000 work on Windows XP? How will I move it from the old computer to the new one?
    I installed a CD-RW in my old computer. Will I be able to move it to the new one? Or is it even worth bothering with?
    Is there an easy way to move my IE favorites from the old computer to the new one?
    Any other advice?

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    Re: Help buying new computer

    Welcome to the Lounge.
    Celeron vs. Pentium Processors: If you view this Google search , you will find many articles detailing the differences between the two. For the small difference in price between the two, I would personally opt for the pentium.
    Your Office 2000 will certainly work on Windows XP, BUT you will have to look at your license agreement to see if you are legally entitled to install the software on more than one computer. I can't find this EULA on the MS site, but in most cases, you are entitled to install the software on one desktop and one laptop, provided that you are the sole user of both machines. You can't "move" Office from the old machine to the new machine - you will have to reinstall it. However you can certainly back up all of your data files to CD and then simply copy them to the appropriate location on the new computer. I have also made a habit of copying Word's Normal.dot template and transferring it to the new computer. By doing this, you can preserve any customization which you have applied to Word.
    As for the CD-RW, they are currently so inexpensive, I would probably go with a new model. You certainly should be able to install the old model in the new computer if you wish however.
    As for your IE Favorites, again simply back them up to CD and copy them over to the new computer.

    As for other advice, SECURITY, SECURITY, SECURITY. Make sure that one of the first things you install on the new machine is a firewall package and an Anti Virus package. I would even suggest downloading the installation file for the free Sygate Presonal Firewall using your old computer, burning this file to CD and then installing it on the new computer prior to setting up and connecting to the internet on the new machine. Also, install the anti-virus software prior to connecting the the net and then immediately update your virus definitions (and keep them current).
    Anti spyware software (along with their latest updates) is also a must. Three of the essentials are Ad-Aware , Spybot - Search & Destroy and SpywareBlaster .
    The next thing to do is then apply Windows SP2. You can download the complete version here . Disregard the message about not using this version if you are only updating a single computer. This will work on any computer. The next step is to then go to the Office Update site and install any updates for Office 2000. Then visit the Windows Update site to see if any further updates are required.
    Finally, start enjoying your new computer. This seems like a long checklist before you reach this stage, but it is well worth it. According to the latest statistics, the average time for an unprotected computer connected to the internet to be compromised is approximately 20 minutes. Hope this helps.
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    Re: Help buying new computer

    Actually, you may want to consider the AMD Athlon CPU. It is certainly 100% compatible but it is also less expensive. However, if you decide Intel over AMD, I too recommend the full P4 over the Celeron.

    As far are your Office is concern, MS is real cheap - you cannot even install a copy on your laptop if you already have it installed on a desktop. They used to let you, the idea being you will not use both at the same time - but they are not longer that nice. So, if you want your Office on your new machine, to be legal, you will have to uninstall it off your old machine - just make sure you have copied all your docs first. You asked how, you will have to do a fresh install on your new machine.

    What are your plans with your old machine? You can remove the old drive and install it in your new machine - now let me quickly add that you will not be able to just pick up and start using your old programs - your new Windows will not know where they are or how to use them - you will basically still have to reinstall everything but the idea is that all your data will be accessable - think of it a built in backup.

    As far as your favorites, if you go to File, Import and Export, you can export your favorites to a file (floppy or CD), then import them on your new machine. If you use Outlook, you can do the same thing with all your email, contacts, etc. It is very easy. Outlook Express lets you do it too but I don't use OE so I don't know how easy it is.

    Your new machine will likely come with a CD Burner or even a DVD Burner (which will burn CDs - but DVDs hold a lot more) - but yes, you can move it if you want.

    You may want to consider building your own system - it is really easier than it seems - and you already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse. Building your own is a great learning experience too. Just a thought.
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    Re: Help buying new computer

    Bill,
    "you cannot even install a copy on your laptop if you already have it installed on a desktop"

    My End-User License Agreement for Office 2003 says:

    1.1 Installation and use. You may:
    (a) install and use a copy of the Software on one personal computer or other device; and
    ([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] install an additional copy of the Software on a second, portable device for the exclusive use of the primary user of the first copy of the Software
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    Re: Help buying new computer

    Wow - I stand corrected! I have been under the misconception for sometime now. Guess I should read the EULAs again! <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>

    I will say, in my defense, that I have not used a "Standard" version of Office for sometime. One area where MS seems to be generous is in the Student and Teachers Edition of Office. There the EULA states: You may install a copy of the Software on three personal computers or other devices in your household for non-commercial use by people who reside in your household. The stipulation being that someone, anyone, in the household must be a student or faculty member in a educational institution. So with this, all three licenses may be in use by different members of the household at the same time. Where, the EULA you mention assumes while you are using your laptop on the road, no one at home is using the PC.

    So, for anyone with a faculty member or student - children or adult - (and they don't have to be full time) (home school is included if approved by local school boards) you can legally install office on 3 systems - as long as it is not your work system. Not bad, even for MS.

    Sorry for the confusion.
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    Re: Help buying new computer

    There are some copies of Office 2003 that will NOT allow the second copy to be used.
    I recevied a copy from a promo show at the release of Office 2003 and is a SINGLE machine use. It will install but will NOT activate, this a Full Office Pro version.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Help buying new computer

    One easy way to find out (at least for all flavours of 2003) is Help>About>View End-User License Agreement.
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    Re: Help buying new computer

    This is what is on my desktop system

    1.1 Installation and use. You may install and use a copy of the Software on one personal computer or other device located within your home.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Help buying new computer

    Thank you to everyone for your help. I will not be using Office on both computers. I'll either give the computer to my sister or donate it to charity. In either case, I will be reformatting the hard drive first. Do I have to do something special to uninstall Office on the old computer so I can use it on the new computer? If it matters, this is not an OEM version and I have the discs to reinstall it.

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    Re: Help buying new computer

    No special procedures are required when uninstalling on the old computer.
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