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I won't get into the whole story, but I am ready to move on from my desktop PC.

I use my iPad 95% of the time now, but it would just feel weird not to have my big monitor, keyboard, and mouse on my desk.

So I really don't want or need to get into another Windows PC. And don't really want a laptop as my iPad is very comfortable on my lap in my chair.

I then discovered the Chromebox. This looks like it would be a good solution. Yes, I know, I wouldn't have any Windows programs anymore but just don't use them. And as far as storage I would just use the Google Cloud (Drive?). I would back up all my documemts in the cloud and all my images on thumb drives.

I haven't heard much about the Chromebox. We did buy Mrs. C's parents a Chromebook a few years ago who are basically computer illiterate. I set it up for them along with their WiFi and have never had a "tech call" from them in all these years.
 

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Not sure about chrome box. If you don't use it much why not get a laptop? It works like a computer but can easily be moved and transported if need be.

As far as storage I use google drive, box, etc. I also use a 1tb drive that plugs into my computer/router which I save all my photos and stuff to. And since it's hooked up to my router I can access it from anywhere with my iPhone/iPad.



https://www.cnet.com/products/asus-chromebox/review/
 

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Don't need a laptop - my iPad is plenty portable.

I am used to working at my desk. I not it is not the norm these days but I like to be anchored to my desk for important stuff. I don't purchase anything or do anything important on my iPad.
 

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Chromebook/Chromebox is a good alternative to a Windows laptop/pc. Good price point and everything saved to your Google Drive account. You'll never have to worry about the laptop crashing and still have the ability to access your files anytime from anywhere.

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Well, disaster averted for now. I was able to format my PC primary drive and reinstall Windows 10.

But I am convinced that I will go with a Chromebox as a replacement when the time comes. Same goes for Mrs.C's PC which is older than mine.

I thought my C drive had become corrupted some how. It is a 128gb SSD and the only thing on it was the OS. But it kept filling up to capacity on its own.
 

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Well, disaster averted for now. I was able to format my PC primary drive and reinstall Windows 10.

But I am convinced that I will go with a Chromebox as a replacement when the time comes. Same goes for Mrs.C's PC which is older than mine.

I thought my C drive had become corrupted some how. It is a 128gb SSD and the only thing on it was the OS. But it kept filling up to capacity on its own.
Was that one of the free win10 upgrades or was windows 10 native to that PC?

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Don't need a laptop - my iPad is plenty portable.

I am used to working at my desk. I not it is not the norm these days but I like to be anchored to my desk for important stuff. I don't purchase anything or do anything important on my iPad.
Understandable. I Just built a house and I built a desk for two in the office. Was trying to figure out what to put in there because we don't use computers enough to buy a new expensive ones, but at the same time it's very important to me when I need it. I use it mostly for bidding trim work off of digital plans. So much easier than the paper plans and ruler.

Luckily before I bought one or two my wife's company was throwing away. Yes, throwing away 2 macs that had windows installed on them. I built the desk but have yet to install them since the office has turned into a storage room at the moment.
We will be cleaning that up and getting the macs in there soon as we will need them in a few weeks. I'll also be cleaning the macs from windows and putting the Mac OS back on it.


That's great about your computer. Gives you more time to review and study your options. Then keep checking every week for sales and discounts.
 

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Was that one of the free win10 upgrades or was windows 10 native to that PC?

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I used the Microsoft Media Creator here -

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15088/windows-create-installation-media

I tried it first on the PC itself (recovery option) but kept getting the message that there wasn't enough disk space (needed 8gb). I also had made a recovery USB drive when I first upgraded from 7 to 10 but had the same issue. The only thing on that drive was Windows 10 so I couldn't delete anything to make room. So using the old laptop downloaded from that site and followed the instructions as it went. Worked perfectly!

Of course it didn't save anything but I don't care about that. Now it shows Windows 10 taking ~50gb of space on my 128gb SSD - just like before.

It might have been a virus of some kind - don't know what would make the OS grow like that. I've been running Norton for years plus Malwarebytes at least twice a week. Scans showed nothing amiss.
 

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Have you considered ditching Windows "now" and running a Linux desktop? There are definitely some similarities with the Chromebook / Chromebox in terms of the OS and the look and feel of things. You could even try it all out right now by downloading a "Live" version of one of the different distributions to get a sense for which one you like (just don't click to Install it and it won't touch your hard drive).

You could go with a Raspberry Pi and run Raspbian (their customized version of Debian), but those are different processors and add-on software isn't always simple.

Some things to think about:

- Google gives you 15G of space for free. Things like documents and email consume that space. You can store your photos in Google Photos with no limits so long as you let Google "downscale" the resolution (and those rare photos that are so good you don't want to lose the quality, just email yourself a copy).

- Google offers word processing and spreadsheet programs that you can use online for free. They aren't bad, but they also are NOT equivalent to Word and Excel - so, basic stuff only, really.

- Linux as an operating system is free. It also tends to be a bit less resource hungry and will tolerate older machines fairly well.

I've been an openSUSE guy for a long time. Lots of people use Debian and Ubuntu (I'm not terribly fond of either because the admin side is very different from what I'm used to, although I've been using Ubuntu a bit more of late because it's sort of a necessary evil as part of my home media system). And Linux Mint has gotten a lot of notoriety of late.

https://www.tecmint.com/top-best-linux-distributions-2016/
 

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Have you considered ditching Windows "now" and running a Linux desktop? There are definitely some similarities with the Chromebook / Chromebox in terms of the OS and the look and feel of things. You could even try it all out right now by downloading a "Live" version of one of the different distributions to get a sense for which one you like (just don't click to Install it and it won't touch your hard drive).

You could go with a Raspberry Pi and run Raspbian (their customized version of Debian), but those are different processors and add-on software isn't always simple.

Some things to think about:

- Google gives you 15G of space for free. Things like documents and email consume that space. You can store your photos in Google Photos with no limits so long as you let Google "downscale" the resolution (and those rare photos that are so good you don't want to lose the quality, just email yourself a copy).

- Google offers word processing and spreadsheet programs that you can use online for free. They aren't bad, but they also are NOT equivalent to Word and Excel - so, basic stuff only, really.

- Linux as an operating system is free. It also tends to be a bit less resource hungry and will tolerate older machines fairly well.

I've been an openSUSE guy for a long time. Lots of people use Debian and Ubuntu (I'm not terribly fond of either because the admin side is very different from what I'm used to, although I've been using Ubuntu a bit more of late because it's sort of a necessary evil as part of my home media system). And Linux Mint has gotten a lot of notoriety of late.

https://www.tecmint.com/top-best-linux-distributions-2016/
Thanks for the Linux info! At this junture I should try it - always like experimenting with stuff like this.
 

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Thanks for the Linux info! At this junture I should try it - always like experimenting with stuff like this.
With a Live DVD, you really can't go wrong. There's no install. You download the image, burn it to disc, then reboot with the disc in the drive. Opt for the Live version and play. It will auto-configure most stuff including getting you connected to your network. About the only thing you have to do is configure the WiFi if that's how you connect. With an installed version, you'd be able to save that information like you do in Windows.
 

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With a Live DVD, you really can't go wrong. There's no install. You download the image, burn it to disc, then reboot with the disc in the drive. Opt for the Live version and play. It will auto-configure most stuff including getting you connected to your network. About the only thing you have to do is configure the WiFi if that's how you connect. With an installed version, you'd be able to save that information like you do in Windows.
Thanks! Glad you posted this - makes it simple without having to install anything.

I am kind of lost with so many choices. Could you recommend a build for me to try (just 1)?
 

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Thanks! Glad you posted this - makes it simple without having to install anything.

I am kind of lost with so many choices. Could you recommend a build for me to try (just 1)?
Two things..

First, most of the Live Distributions were originally designed to burn to a DVD. Today, however, most of them can be imaged onto a flash drive. This gives you a ton of flexibility because you don't have to keep burning DVD's to try different ones.

Second, I would say use the link I posted to read a bit about them. As I mentioned before, Linux Mint gets a lot of notoriety for folks that are totally new to Linux and switching from Windows. Ubuntu is pretty popular and you could try that one, too. If any of the others seem interesting, give them a shot too. All you really need is an 8G USB drive and you can keep writing over it with new ones until you find one you like.

If one seems pretty interesting, but you want to keep trying others, maybe that's when you burn it to DVD.
 
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