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    • lonestarfan
    • By lonestarfan 31st Dec 16, 11:23 AM
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    How do I get Windows 7 for free
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    • 31st Dec 16, 11:23 AM
    How do I get Windows 7 for free 31st Dec 16 at 11:23 AM
    Grandma has a dell computer. It has Vista on it. I've just been using it this morning and it says update the browser. I can't seem to view some websites very well and saw that message. What browser can Vista support? I don't want to spend time trying to download and update etc when it won't work due to Vista being old. Thanks.
    Last edited by lonestarfan; 20-03-2017 at 8:55 PM.
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    • John Gray
    • By John Gray 31st Dec 16, 11:32 AM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 11:32 AM
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=which+browsers+support+vista
    • Jivesinger
    • By Jivesinger 31st Dec 16, 1:04 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:04 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:04 PM
    Although Firefox does currently support Vista, it looks like that will only last until September.
    https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2016/12/23/firefox-support-for-xp-and-vista/

    Google Chrome hasn't supported Vista since April.
    https://chrome.googleblog.com/2015/11/updates-to-chrome-platform-support.html
    • GunJack
    • By GunJack 31st Dec 16, 1:33 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:33 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:33 PM
    try Opera v12.16, available from filehippo.... still my favourite version
    ......Gettin' There, Wherever There is......
    • pappa golf
    • By pappa golf 31st Dec 16, 1:39 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:39 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:39 PM
    slimjet , very much like ie in use , favorites down left etc , use ver 10 on vista http://www.slimjet.com/en/dlpage.php
    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 31st Dec 16, 4:02 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 4:02 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 4:02 PM
    SeaMonkey still runs on Vista and it's a good browser.

    I'd also advise your gran to move to at least Windows 7 as after this coming April there'll be no further updates for Vista.
    • Rubidium
    • By Rubidium 31st Dec 16, 4:42 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 4:42 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 4:42 PM
    Nobody needs to be running Vista, which has always been a rubbish OS - time to move on!
    • pappa golf
    • By pappa golf 31st Dec 16, 5:58 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 5:58 PM
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    • 31st Dec 16, 5:58 PM
    Nobody needs to be running Vista, which has always been a rubbish OS - time to move on!
    Originally posted by Rubidium
    rubbish is in the eyes of the beholder

    I know several members of a well known mental institute that rate vista highly
    • lonestarfan
    • By lonestarfan 1st Jan 17, 11:28 AM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 11:28 AM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 11:28 AM
    Thanks. Will use another browser now and sort out an upgrade to 8.
    • ARandomMiser
    • By ARandomMiser 1st Jan 17, 11:34 AM
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    Thanks. Will use another browser now and sort out an upgrade to 8.
    Originally posted by lonestarfan
    Don't go for 8/8.1 either go for 7 or 10
    • Rubidium
    • By Rubidium 1st Jan 17, 11:37 AM
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    OP if you are going to download anything, download a Win 7 ISO from Microsoft here

    and buy a legitimate product key for less than £5 e.g. here

    Vista support 3 months

    Win 7 support 3 years

    No brainer!
    • shown73
    • By shown73 1st Jan 17, 9:51 PM
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    Rubidium, if i do as you suggest would my operating system be upgraded from Vista to Win7 ? Seems suspiciously simple. I was just about resigned to binning my pc, although it is otherwise adequate for my needs.
    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 2nd Jan 17, 7:02 AM
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    Hi,

    have a look in control panel at 'Windows Anytime Upgrade', download 'Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor'.

    You can still upgrade to Win 7 free using product key.
    Y'all take care now.
    • austonic
    • By austonic 2nd Jan 17, 7:10 AM
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    Probably best to go to Windows 10, which is free if you go the assitive technology route.

    Alternatively, if computer is used for basic web, email, document (word processing, spreadsheet) use them switch to a Windows like Linux distribution such as Mint. It will be faster, support the latest browsers (other than Microsoft's), and be less vulnerable.
    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but ignorance is lethal.
    • Rubidium
    • By Rubidium 2nd Jan 17, 11:07 AM
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    Rubidium, if i do as you suggest would my operating system be upgraded from Vista to Win7 ? Seems suspiciously simple. I was just about resigned to binning my pc, although it is otherwise adequate for my needs.
    Originally posted by shown73
    It would be better if you saved anything that you require and did a clean install of WIN 7. You should already have a backup of anything that is important to you, so it really is that simple. I recently did this for someone and their PC is now running much better than it ever has. WIN 7 is one of the best M$ OS's and I personally much prefer it to WIN 10.
    • bluesnake
    • By bluesnake 2nd Jan 17, 11:42 AM
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    +1 for slimjet. It is fast, reliable and has a built in ad blocker.

    The only issue is that on instalation the adblocker was disabled by default, so just go into settings and enable it.


    The question is for basic computer use, why not put on linux mint, it does most things for most people.
    • lonestarfan
    • By lonestarfan 20th Mar 17, 8:10 PM
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    How can I get Windows 7 free please.
    Hi,

    have a look in control panel at 'Windows Anytime Upgrade', download 'Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor'.

    You can still upgrade to Win 7 free using product key.
    Originally posted by frugalmacdugal
    How do I get Win 7 free and where do I get the product key. It isn't giving me that info on the upgrade adviser. it says click here about win 7 and takes you to microsoft on a page about win 10. Then I can't seem to find anything about getting a free win 7.
    I ran upgrade advisor on grandc and it says its ok to get 32 bit home premium windows 7
    Thanks.
    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 21st Mar 17, 9:17 AM
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    How do I get Win 7 free and where do I get the product key. It isn't giving me that info on the upgrade adviser. it says click here about win 7 and takes you to microsoft on a page about win 10. Then I can't seem to find anything about getting a free win 7.
    I ran upgrade advisor on grandc and it says its ok to get 32 bit home premium windows 7
    Thanks.
    Originally posted by lonestarfan
    What is the Service Tag on the machine?
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