used laptop specification inquiry

Mar 9, 2019
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I am looking to buy a refurbished laptop.

The sole purpose for it is running Microsoft Access 2003.

I'll probably also install the complete Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and a newer version of Access, if it's cost effective - I can run 2 versions of Access on my work computer, so I am assuming I can run them both on a personal laptop, too).

Can someone guide me as to the minimal configuration I would need on a laptop to suit my purposes? I know my Access databases require a lot of storage space, but I have no idea how much is sufficient.

I am also not sure on CPU, RAM, and what version Windows I should get.

I am not expecting it to be a Cadillac (as I do not want to spend a lot on it) but I want to purchase one that runs MS Access smoothly (can accommodate the storage space needed, run queries at a reasonable speed, etc).

Also, is anyone of aware of any refurbished laptop suppliers that sell laptops with the MS Office suite already installed?

Thank you for your help!
 

Saga Lout

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I'm still runnng MS Office 2003 on an XP netbook and a desktop with Windows 7 in charge. If you don't have the CD with the programme it's going to be hit or miss when buying a used laptop in the hope it has that suite installed.

Another option is running XP in a Virtual Machine in any other version of Windows just to run Office. Also, you could download the free Libre Office, that can open and work with all your Word documents , Excel spreadsheets Powerpoint presentations and Access databases.
 
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