If you see an "Windows installer package" alert message, follow these steps to try to repair the software through the Windows Control Panel.If the steps in these articles don't help you fix the issue, you might be able to find a solution through a search of the Microsoft support website.If that's the case, you might want to look at a Chromebook, which is inexpensive and offers a good experience for the web-centric user.Another option might be to get an i Pad or Android tablet and a Bluetooth keyboard.
Although buying a Mac is more expensive, plenty of users prefer the experience, and the software available for Apple machines is easily on par with what you can get for Windows. Linux is far from perfect, but it has become much more usable in the last few years.When Mom's Windows XP laptop died a few years ago, I insisted she get a Mac. Thanks to Ubuntu and distributions such as Linux Mint, using Linux no longer has to be scary.There's even a version of Linux that looks just like Windows XP. It's free and it runs on machines both old and new.If your existing computer can support Windows 8.1, you can upgrade for 9.But rather than spending 9 on software, you might want to look at getting a new computer or laptop.Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. After almost 13 years, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. One note: if you've got an old version of Norton or Mc Afee from 2003 that came bundled with your aging laptop, uninstall it and install Microsoft Security Essentials (or pay for Kaspersky).Even if your current laptop isn't powerful enough to run Windows 8.1, some version of Linux should work on it without a problem.That said, you'll have to use some alternative apps, such as Libre Office instead of Microsoft Office, and GIMP instead of Photoshop Elements. Microsoft Security Essentials is free, but other security options are available — including suites from Kaspersky and others. federal agencies) will continue to use XP — and UK and Dutch governments are even Microsoft to continue support, but everyone else is out of luck. The company has agreed to provide anti-malware updates to Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP until 2015.