a friend called me last week and told me she was having computer problems and would need another laptop, but didn’t want windows 8 (i hate it too). i told her i had an extra laptop i was not using and she could have it. i cleaned it up tonight but for some reason, the laptop is having trouble connecting to my network and i want to resolve the problem before i give it to her and she has problems. unfortunately, my troubleshooting skills are not what they used to be and i can’t figure out what’s wrong. i hate being defeated by the computer, but i’m ready to toss it out the window. i do have a recovery CD and can restore it back to factory settings, but even that isn’t working correctly. i’m going to play around with this for another hour before i give up for the evening.