Posted 11/21/2021 10:39 (#9332541 - in reply to #9332416) Subject: RE: Windows 7 "problem"
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
You'll need a Windows 7 install CD to do a complete reinstall. You put the CD in a boot the computer to the CD. Part of the install process will remove everything on the drive and install Windows from scratch.
If the computer doesn't already have a solid state drive (SSD) in it, spend $50 and get one. That will make an older computer feel like a new one. Some laptops have the hard drive under a little door on the bottom, some put it under the keyboard. There is a wide range of difficulty levels depending on where it is located on your machine.
Personally I'd put Windows 10 on it. If you install 'Classic Shell', the start menu feels a lot like Windows 7. Note that 7 doesn't get security updates any more. You can still upgrade to 10 for free from 7 by installing 10 without a product key, then once its installed, enter your product key from windows 7.