Before you buy your next laptop for work review simple configuration requirements.
(This article will be updated to include the 3rd generation Intel)
Make sure your laptop will run the applications you need to run. Be sure you have the same features as you currently do. Windows XP Pro is Windows 7 Ultimate not Starter.
As a technician I have always offered simple advice to people shopping for new computers.
Some consultants charge for computer buying advice while I feel it's better for me to offer online advice so I don't have to pull my hair out trying to explain why your Netbook with Windows 7 Starter will never login to your domain at work.
Most all of the people in my area tend to purchase their laptops from Best Buy. Be careful when you are reading the online descriptions. When a computer advertisement says, "Use it for Home and Work" you should carefully check what you need at work.
Here's a quick example.
Windows XP Pro, 2 GB Memory and 320GB Hard drive.
The matching new computer should be no less than the following.
Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard drive.
What I am seeing is people purchasing Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home or Home Premium which are not the same as your current Windows XP Pro.
Only 3 are listed and I only recommend 1 out of the 3 which is Windows 7 Professional for company computers, domain computer user, remote or telecommuting users.
Memory is a major issue with Windows 7 and needs to be addressed at the time of purchase. You should know the maximum amount of memory your computer can hold and upgrade to that maximum limit within your first week. (Always keep your old memory for warranty repair or replacement. You don't want to send back 4gb of memory and have them return 2gb in a refurbished laptop.)
NOTE: If you have purchased a windows 7 starter operating system in your netbook or laptop do not purchase Windows 7 Professional Upgrade! I'll write more about issues down the road that you can avoid by buying the full version of Windows 7 Professional and not the upgrade disk.
Your eyes might open wide when you see the $199.00 upgrade to Windows 7 Pro vs. $299.00 for a Retail full version of Windows 7 Pro.
We are installing the full OEM version of windows 7 Professional for the upgrade price of $199.00. This will give you the full retail version with disk and license code on DVD at more than $150.00 discount when we install it for you. (Backup and application installation is extra.) Prices subject to change without notice.
There is no shop in town that can match our price and I don't blame them, it's really way to low. This price is really because we do feel bad that major manufacturers market Windows 7 Starter as some type of business operating system which it is not.
Now that you have our first tip our second and third tip should keep you from requesting service and repair due to typical computer proplems.
If we setup your new operating system we always recommend AVG Paid version for your anti-virus and Acronis Backup for your disk backup software. You will need one external hard drive at least twice the size of your internal hard drive to do what we concider the best backup in town. We also offer "Off Site" backup storage in case your external hard drive is lost, stolen or damaged. This way you always have a fresh backup in town.
1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit) is what Microsoft suggests as "MINIMUM" memory requirements. Remember, this is to run the operating system. This does not include Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop or any other application.
Think of memory requirements as a "Per Software" recommendation. If Windows requires no less than 2GB for a 64bit system then to run PhotoShop or Office you will need at least 1GB more. It's best to max out your memory as soon as you purchase your laptop. Memory prices are very low and when you compare how your applications will run the added investment is worth it.
More tips to come and even a few laptop reviews for our local visitors.