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  # 1717094 8-Feb-2017 10:27
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As a sidenote IF I could get my hands on an oldish Dead HP laptop whats the likelihood of being able to use the product key off its sticker (which is fairly unlikely to have ever been used) on this PC?



Good. Totally in breach of the license, but it will probably work. 



You may need to use the phone activation.  But it should work.  If she uses any "assistive technologies" you can then upgrade (7 or 8) to Windows 10.

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  # 1718732 11-Feb-2017 19:11
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Bah humbug I hate computers,




Installed AVG it installed beautifully smoothly quickly, rebooted logged in to be greeted with a black screen with only the cursor, the only thing that worked was ctrl-alt-del, finally got into safe-mode and uninstalled avg , then ran start up repair, now its back to running fine.




So any suggestions for a vista friendly free antivirus (as most don't officially support vista) that isn't cloud based.




And yes the computer will get either upgraded if I find a licence or replaced later in the year, its a shame as this thing is in mint condition as its only used a few hours a month (hence the dial up I guess)

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  # 1719284 13-Feb-2017 11:27
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You could try Avast free antivirus 

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  # 1719306 13-Feb-2017 11:47
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You could try Avast free antivirus 



Avast has become quite resource intensive lately. Also, make sure to switch off any spoken alerts.

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  # 1719312 13-Feb-2017 11:52
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Also it looks like Microsoft Security Essentials still supports vista. This may actually be a better bet than avast.

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