This is a great laptop. It comes with a trial version of Norton internet security/antivirus which will slow down everything. I always use Eset Nod32, but anything except Norton is OK. If you get this with windows 8, there is an update issue but it is easily fixed. It is a conflict with the sound driver and the Microsoft updates and both MS and HP know of this problem and are working on it but like I said, it can easily be fixed in a few minutes. If you are getting Windows 8, it is a lot different navigating than windows 7. Windows 8 is great for touchscreen systems but a little annoying at times for a mousepad. If you like, you can install the free software 'Classic Shell' and it will be just like windows 7 but still have the newer features running underneath. If you do buy this, here are the simple steps for the update... Go to control panel, updates, select download but let ME install. Stay in control panel and go to device manager. Look under sound/game controllers. There will be two drivers. For each, select properties, and the uninstall driver. DO NOT SELECT checkbox to delete when it asks, just uninstall. after two drivers uninstalled, go to updates and let it online to check. When it finds them all, expand to see all of them in the list. UNCHECK this one...KD2756872. After unchecking, right click on it and select "Hide This Update". then you are free to install all the updates and it will ignore this one from now on. After reboot, your laptop will re-install the drivers for you and you are good to go. Now, if you like, you can choose to allow automatic updates. Don't let this little Microsoft goof up scare you, this is a great laptop as are all HP's. : )
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