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Old 03-09-2008, 11:59 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If the laptop didn't come with restore discs there should be a program to make them. Every laptop I've ever worked on (used to sellem) had at least a program to burn your own. Search through your start menu program list for restore/recovery media creator or similar.

And keep in mind it's illegal to bundle much full version software with laptops anymore because it's unfairly passing the cost on to the consumer. Things like Office, full version AV, Photoshop, etc. must all be purchased separately. That is why laptops come with only trial versions of these programs unless you buy them specifically.
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:39 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Only thing you normaly get with a laptop is the OS preinstalled, a disc to reinstall it, and sometimes a recovery partition which never worked on my laptop to begin with... You almost never get free software now in days...
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Why not try Open Office as an alternative to MS Office? - It's free too

OpenOffice.org: Home

There are lots of Open Source sites that provide great free alternative to MS apps...
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I thought openoffice has its own document format that is compatible with nothing other than openoffice is this true?
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It's compatable with Microsoft, don't worry

From the Open Office site:

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The porting project is responsible for ensuring the widest platform coverage. Platforms currently supported include Microsoft Windows (98 - Vista), GNU/Linux ("Linux"), Sun Solaris, Mac OS X (under X11), and FreeBSD.
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It works with many formats. Of course it has it's own but you can save/open MS Office files with no problems, too.
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does it support docx for office 2007
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does it support docx for office 2007
It does not support it natively. But there is a plug in you can download for .docx support.
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I'm just going to add that office 2007 keys are extremely easy to find through searching.
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