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blueinredohio

(6,797 posts)
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 03:39 PM Dec 2019

Please help with my question

I didn't download Windows 10 like I should have. If I get a new tower do I need one with both dvi and vga ports because that's what my old one has and my monitor has both. Pleases help. Thanks in advance.

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SWBTATTReg

(22,028 posts)
1. All I can say that the more ports you have, the better. Who knows what new things may ...
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 03:45 PM
Dec 2019

come out...if anything, you don't really need to utilize the unused slots, just make sure that you have ample room for future growth (so you can insert into any unused slots a new drive, or something of the sort).

 

braddy

(3,585 posts)
3. We could use some clarification on why you mentioned W10, as far as the ports go you only need one
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 04:27 PM
Dec 2019

of those for your existing monitor and DVI is better than VGA. Your new computer will have HDMI and 1 or 2 other monitor connections such as DVI but you can buy adapters to fit your current old monitor.

blueinredohio

(6,797 posts)
5. I mentioned windows 10 because my Windows 7 won't be upgraded
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 04:59 PM
Dec 2019

and I figured you have to have the upgrades. Don't you? That's why he new tower with Windows 10.

blueinredohio

(6,797 posts)
8. Where would I find out how to do that?
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 05:57 PM
Dec 2019

I have a nephew who lives when he's not in school. He's coming home Friday. I could ask him.

 

braddy

(3,585 posts)
9. He should be able to do it or follow the directions on how to do it. Downloading W10 is simple
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 06:04 PM
Dec 2019

enough, but takes some time and you have to click on the prompts as it asks you preferences, then you will be restarting your computer a few times as the first download brings your computer up to date enough for the next step in the complete W10 download.

blueinredohio

(6,797 posts)
10. We will try it if he has time, if not we have quite a few computer places that
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 06:29 PM
Dec 2019

Will come to your house. I may call one of them. Thanks for your help and will let you know if I get it done. DUers are life savers.

better

(884 posts)
4. Honestly, you can find cables to connect your monitor to pretty much any PC.
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 04:30 PM
Dec 2019

So I wouldn't worry so much about a new tower having the same ports as your monitor. A newer PC may very likely only have HDMI and/or DisplayPort connections, and will likely have graphics capability vastly superior to what you have now. Better to get a cable to use your older monitor until you're ready to upgrade than bottleneck yourself in the future.

Also, a bit of unsolicited advice if you're planning an OS upgrade. Look into ZorinOS. (http://zorinos.com) It's a Linux distro, based on Ubuntu, the ultimate version of which costs something like $30, and comes with a ton of useful software, include CAD, 3d modelling/animation sw, office, music production software, media player, etc.

It also has the quite useful feature of having several different desktop environments, among which are ones that quite closely mimic the look and feel of either Mac or Windows, which makes the transition pretty painless, at least for the day-to-day stuff. And honestly, Linux is a lot easier to pick up, and a lot less hassle to deal with than you might expect.

And it comes with WinE, which is a Windows emulator that will allow you to run a fair number of Windows applications from within Linux. And of course you can set up a new machine to dual boot into either Linux or Windows.

Food for thought.

blueinredohio

(6,797 posts)
6. Thanks for the advice but I'm 62
Tue Dec 31, 2019, 05:02 PM
Dec 2019

so about all I do is play games, surf and download pictures and some music.

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