moderated Re: Computers for the Blind

Glenn / Lenny

If they are selling them as refurbished, they need to do a clean install.
If it was that slow from the time you got it, then they did not do the clean install, which is an option with all versions of windows that come from a major manufacturer originally, and the windows key will be on the computer for them to enter after the fresh install.
No new computer is that slow, and when you do a fresh install of windows on any computer, it should boot right up, even if it is windows 95.
It is not until you start installing stuff that they slow down.
And removing programs in older windows does not speed things up, because the registry is still cluttered up and bogs things down.
I would expect them to do a fresh install, and it may look like that to anyone else, because they probably removed the previous user from the accounts and added a new user, or left the administrator and just uninstalled all the programs installed.
All that would be a lot more work, so I don't know why they would do all that when they could just do a clean install, and it would be fast on boot up initially.

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Diamond" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2021 3:14 PM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind

Years ago, I got a refurbished lap top and it too was slower then molasses in January. I put in a SSD and the loading speed tripled. It turned out that it was originally a windows 7 that had been upgraded to 10. Now, it is so old, HP does not even carry some of the drivers needed to fix it. I naturally don't expect the latest and greatest, however, it would have been nice If I did not have to wait minutes, 5 or more for it to load up. Sometimes I think these agencies that donate computers, just do it for 2 reasons, no one wants them, or they are on their last legs and the company wants to claim it as a charitable donation for tax purposes. When the real truth is they can't be sold and it is the old, "shut up and just be happy with what you got. What do you expect! Attitude. I remember a while back a person fixed lap tops and was selling them for $3 or $400. Big problem was there was no display on the screen. For the sighted, very important. He lamented that no one was purchasing them. I was given one of them and it died with no chance of resurrecting it or repairing it within 6 months of receiving it. Another one, the mother board was shot not to mention the battery lasted for 10 minutes on a full charge. It was suggested it was cheaper just to get a new one.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Les Kriegler
Sent: July 6, 2021 1:20 AM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind

Hi Michael,
While I have not ordered a machine from this company, I was assisting someone who received a unit. The problem she encountered was that it took several minutes for her machine to start up. She was with Voc Rehab and I think they contacted the company to resolve the issue.


On Jul 6, 2021, at 2:32 AM, Michael Walker <> wrote:


Have any of you ever ordered a laptop from Computers for the Blind? What did you think of the results? Was the computer in good condition? I understand that these computers are refurbished.

Thank you,

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