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Do I need a different laptop?

by peonyrv / April 5, 2009 4:00 AM PDT

I recently purchased a refurb Dell Inspiron 1525 with Vista and although there are parts of Vista I like, many of the programs are not compatable with many of the companies I work with. Should I just purchase Microsoft Publisher and download that or get a computer that has a different operating system. My laptop did not come with the option to change operating systems. It is imperative that I be able to use programs that are compatable with these collegues, but I am wonering if Vista is on its way out and I will have an outdated unusable system?

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what specific programs aren't compatible?
by ramarc / April 5, 2009 4:30 AM PDT
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Microsft Works VS Word
by peonyrv / April 5, 2009 4:54 AM PDT

My laptop has Works and many of the people that email doc to me have word and my Works system won't open them?

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There is a difference between ...
by Edward ODaniel / April 5, 2009 8:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Microsft Works VS Word

the Operating System (Vista or XP) and the Applications (MS Works or MS Word). The Applications are NOT part of the OS - they are bought separately from and installed separately from the OS although sometimes a manufacturer will bundle some applications with the computer.

If you NEED MS Word you will need to PURCHASE either MS Word or MS Office then install them on your laptop.

You might also be able to download and use the freeware OpenOffice ( http:\\ ) which will allow you to open and edit most microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets.

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