So, I've bitten the bullet and ordered a new laptop, another from the Argos "Manufacturer refurbished" ones spotted on eBay. Managed to find a Toshiba for just under £270 with a 17" screen, so as we've always had and liked Toshiba's, I've plumped for this
It's Windows 8, so when it arrives, first job will be to upgrade to W10 before it stops being free!
Then I need to shift all my stuff from the current laptop to the new one. Easiest way I guess is over the local network via wi-fi, but then that will take an age. Is it possible to do the same job, with the same network and router, but via LAN cables? This would speed it up I'd hope. I seem to recall that it is possible to directly link two laptops, but also recall it wasn't as easy as might be expected? I guess another option is to whip the HDD out of this one and into a caddy for copying. I have a caddy somewhere but can't recall where, and think it's an older, clunky thing suited to the HDD from an old tower PC, so probably the laptop HDD wouldn't even fit
Any ideas you good folk might have would be appreciated!