My ex-boyfriend bought a Dell box with Windows XP a decade ago. Actually, I picked out the box and he bought it, because even though he is a programmer, he might as well be computer illiterate and a semi-Luddite. One of his "quirks" was that he wouldn't let Windows XP update, so his computer was basically unprotected except for the AVG anti-virus he had on there. And yes, I told him over and over and over again to let his box update.
Fast forward to last Friday morning, when the global hacking attack occurred. I called up the ex-boyfriend and told him he needed to get his box off the Internet. Yes, that might have been drastic, but I didn't want him accidentally downloading anything. Remember, he hasn't updated his box in I don't know how long. He actually put the box back online and tried to update it, but Internet Explorer 8 kept spewing runtime errors when trying to connect to Microsoft Update. I'm on vacation this week from work, so I said I'd come over this morning and look at it. After an hour and a half, I conceded defeat. For some reason, even after resetting IE 8 back to factory, I couldn't get ANY Microsoft website to load (everything else loaded great, except for the standard notices that Win 8 had been deprecated). So much for trying to update anything. I told him he needed a new computer.
I had actually sussed out possible candidates for My Next Box when I was shopping for a computer late last year. I waffled between a laptop and a desktop and going to Windows 10 and using a flavor of Linux. I finally settled on a specially built box from Puget Systems in Washington state, which had built my last box. It is a Windows 10 desktop with two hard drives (one SSD and the other a 2TB regular HD) and 32 GB of RAM. The most important thing about it is that it's built to be extremely quiet. Computer fans are extremely distracting to me.
Well, my boyfriend wanted a laptop, and he wanted Not Windows. This pretty much meant that he was going to get a Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu 16.04 on it. I had specced it out last year and had seriously thought about buying it, but went with a desktop because I could use my mondo monitor with it without too much hassle, I could use a regular keyboard and so on. (Yes, you can hook all that stuff up to a laptop; I do that with my work laptop.) So he handed me his credit card and told me to go ahead and buy it. Which I did.
Remember what I said about semi-Luddite? He also pays for pretty much everything by cash or check. So his credit card got declined because, well, when the only thing you put on it is tanks of gas, and then you spend a lot more money on a computer, well, it gets flagged as fraud. So he had to call his card issuer, then call Dell and get that straightened out.
So he'll probably get this next week and I will be writing up a set of instructions for him to use with his laptop on how to regularly update it. We are not going through this again.