Question from Joseph K.: I have an HP desktop computer that came with Windows Vista. The hard drive died and I had to replace it and I can’t find my Restore disks.
I can order a set of Restore disks from HP but I was wondering if I should just buy Windows 8 instead? A friend told me that I can probably get Windows 8 for about twice what I’d have to pay for the Vista Restore CDs. Your advice will be greatly appreciated.
Rick’s answer: Hi Joseph. I think either option will be fine, but if I were you I’d buy Windows 8.1 (not Windows 8) and install it on your computer. Windows Vista is probably the most bloated version of Windows ever, and it’s virtually guaranteed to make your computer run slower than Windows 8.1.
Depending on how much memory is already installed, it might be worth increasing the amount of RAM as well. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much faster your computer will run under Windows 8.1 as opposed to Vista if it has at least 4GB of RAM at its disposal. Good luck!
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