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Old 08-18-2015, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default Windows question from noob

I bought a cheap dell netbook with windows 7 on Amazon for $100. I was able to load romraider and ecu flash with no issues. I haven't finished building my 22t/205 hybrid so I haven't connected to the ecu yet.

I decided to try streaming Amazon prime on the laptop and it's super slow and glitchy, even with the settings as low as I can get them. Even YouTube videos are glitchy and pause. So I was thinking about getting a better laptop that I can at least stream with as well as use for dataloging.

If I at least need windows 7 to run romraider and ecu flash will I have problems using more recent windows versions? Or should I just keep this laptop for tuning and nothing else? I don't want to get a better laptop and not be able to use it for tuning.

I won't be adjusting the tuning maps myself. I'm going to pay for an e tune so don't worry that I'm not too computer savvy lol. Any cheapish recommendations for a laptop that can stream and run romraider and have an hdmi port would be appreciated.

Edit: derp, just read in the sticky that ecuflash only works with windows vista and xp. So even if I get a newer laptop with a better version of windows I'll still need windows xp/vista/7/8.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:14 AM   #2
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I've used EcuFlash and Romraider on Windows 7 without issues. I just got a new laptop w/ Win 10 and I don't expect any issues using it on that either. Other than UI changes, there aren't significant differences between Win Vista, 7, 8, or 10 that should cause issues.
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:40 PM   #3
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you should just consider reformatting the laptop -- this basically means clearing off the hard drive and reinstalling the operating system. It's very likely that laptop came with a recovery partition which could elp you basically restore the laptop to the way it was the day it was brand new.
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