Buying a new computer

If I was to buy a new pc, budget less than £250. Seen a few on amazon which come pre installed with windows-10.

Let’s say I want to do a fresh install after a year or so how can you do this without the physical disk?

I know you can get CD keys for cheap but if you cannot get into the o.s then how can you initialize a fresh install?
Also recovery disk should be fine but I don’t know whether refurbished have them

There are a few ways.

  1. Most modern PC’s have an image of Windows built in and that can be accessed with one of function buttons on start up (even if your current install of Windows is broken)

  2. You can download Windows 10 onto a USB stick from the Microsoft website and boot from that.

You shouldn’t need a key in either case though. Windows is tied to a hardware token of your PC so it won’t ask for a product key unless your hardware has change significantly (usually stuff like motherboard and CPU)


Cool thanks Gareth :sunglasses:

Where do you recommend the best place for a new/refurbished desktop with Windows 10?
No gaming just browsing forums thanks

Something like this looks ideal…

Have a look in Argos. If you want it just for forums and things then you can get an ASUS version of a chrome book for about £150

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Thanks dude.

Had a look at their desktops and they look good. Suppose it’s best to pay a bit extra and get one which is brand new!

Might as well since you’ll get a warranty on it

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My wife really recommends Chromebooks. She was given one by her work and swears by it. They’re great for light tasks.

I’m a desktop sort of guy though. I don’t get on with laptops and tablets

You’re best off building your own with a budget that tight.

Get a Chromebox. That’s the desktop equivalent of a Chromebook.

You honestly won’t get very far for £250 for Windows and I think you’ll get frustrated quickly with performance. ChromeOS runs at least twice as smooth as Windows on this level of hardware in my experience.


That looks pretty cool ill have a look at that :blush:

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Depending on what you want to do on it off course. ChromeOS does lots of things now but not everything.

Truth is once you’ve got a desktop you end up downloading a load of random stuff that needs more power

Use Ubuntu and save yourself the pennies

I’ve just dissolved my Pixelbook pot and stuck it in my pension - decided I don’t really need one!

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They’re much under rated.

I was given a £180-£200 Acer Chromebook by work. Apart from the poor screen (I’m used to Macs) it was a great little machine.

I was so impressed with it that I went out and bought a Google Chromebook Pixel. Amazing machine. I love it.

Before people jump in and say they can’t use one because of [blah], they’re not going to replace the devices of power users. But, for most people wanting a computer, they’ll do virtually all they’ll need.

I totally agree with this. I also have a chomebox. If you outgrow it you can always replace it with Linux.

But you’ll be fine with chrome.

Need hardware to run Ubuntu. What hardware? Chromebox is possible contender.