I then though about an old laptop that was so slow that it was not used anymore. So I took the HD out of it, put it in the new laptop and loaded Ubuntu on to it. This is free though you can make a contribution, and includes a basic office suite and the various browsers have Ubuntu flavours (except IE - I wonder why). In addition, there have been no viruses for it.
It performed well. The new laptop now has Windows on it - sometimes need the power on MS Office as well as some other programs that are only Windows.
So put the HD with Ubuntu in to the old laptop and it runs just fine, in fact typing this on it.
So if you have an old latop gathering dust in a cupboard stick Ubuntu on to it and rejuvenate it.
"Don't think of them as problems, think of them as opportunities."
"OK, I think I've hit an insurmountable opportunity!"