"...Well, there isn't enough money to make me want to fix their stuff for them. I am not going to keep enabling the cycle by fixing their machines for them."
I'm in a sticky situation; my 80 year old Mother has had her Win XP System hacked and trashed. My Sister gave mum the Computer, P4 - XP installed, but left me to set it up.
No one could figure the WiFi settings from Modem; to Computer in another room; even my ISP were befuddled, but we got it sorted. Some encryption problem with the Old WinXP wifi settings.
Anyway, I've spent days getting her online about six months ago, and she has learnt to enjoy looking online for Gardening tips, etc.
To teach how to open Email took five hours
She has terrible arthritis but was able to find a mouse for such probs. No way can she 'Double Click'.
My preference would be to install a nice little Linux Distro, something a six year old would start off with.
All she needs is a Browser, and a Email client. *
I've heard of this scam before, but it really is quite different when it happens to your Mother.
Indian guy rings (No offence implied to any Indians), "Give me the details of your Credit Card, or we will remove all programmes from your Computer."
Of course Mum didn't give out the Credit Card info, and the Hacker has made her WinXP Comp unbootable.
Guess who's been enlisted to get her back online...
There are a lot of options for me to consider, I wont bore you all. Sure I have already, plain yawn-inducing.
At this time a Linux installation is a 95% very unlikely
How to convince someone to use Linux ? Darn families. My Sister doesn't know if there's a 'Recovery Disk' or Boot Disk, lying around, can work without 'em, but easier with them obviously ...
Yeah, way too much information, sorry, Sunday afternoon reflections.