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Operating System - New Laptop

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Operating System - New Laptop

Hello all,

Been awhile since I needed to buy an operating system. I will be getting a blank x1 carbon.

What type and where is the best place to get an operating system?

Thanks
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Leaning towards windows 7
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Windows 7 also does not have support for Intel CPUs that are Kaby Lake and newer. That's 7th-generation Core CPUs. I'm sure you won't be buying a new notebook with a CPU that is over a few generations old. Your choices are only Windows 10 or some flavour of Linux.
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If there's no Windows key sticker, the licence is probably embedded in the BIOS, in which case, you can download a Windows 8/10 ISO and it will pull the licence from the BIOS.

Personally, I use the HeiDoc tool to grab ISOs from a Microsoft site, but there are other methods:
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technolog ... nload-tool

You may also have downgrade privileges with the machine's licence, but not sure.
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As a Linux fan, I always boot a 'live' version of my favorite distro (LMDE) on computers that I have access to, in order to check compatibility -- and, if working well, proceed to an install. More recently, if the firmware is newer (UEFI), I would also consider dual-boot installs with the 'Brunch' version of ChromeOS. I even have one machine where I triple-boot with the already-installed Windows 10.

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