Dear Computer Lady,
I am currently using an HP Pavilion a 6857 (Windows Vista)
that I purchased from COSTCO in 2009. I still use Quicken, Microsoft Works and Hallmark programs.
My grandson keeps telling me to upgrade to a MAC since it is Virus free and much more user friendly.
My printer and label maker is compatible to my PC would I have to buy new printers for the new MAC?
The MAC’s are rather expensive and I hate to invest then find out that I have to buy all new printers.
There are actually several things for you to consider before switching from a PC to A MAC.
First, MACs are not virus free. There are fewer viruses written for MACs than for PCs, but I know of several instances where MAC computers have recently become infected.
Next, take a look at the programs you are running on your current computer. Microsoft Works will not run on a MAC or a PC since Microsoft has discontinued it. It looks like there is a Quicken and Hallmark Card Studio program available for the Mac. You will have to purchase those programs.
As for the printer and label maker, you will have to check the manufacturer’s website to see not only if they have MAC software available, but to see if there is Windows 10 software. You might have to replace the printer and label maker no matter what kind of computer you buy.
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