I'm not sure where else to post this or send feedback, so in my fairly epic frustration, I'm putting it here.
I bought a laptop about a year ago and within the last month, I've had some problems where the sound was cutting out periodically. When it did, windows explorer would crash. Rebooting the machine would temporarily fix the issue, until the sound crashed again. Also, I'm running out of my warranty, and I'm encouraged to purchase an extended warranty. Foolishly, I agree because the problem is intermittant enough that I think that it's going to take awhile and may need more work that I can receive over the phone.
After several calls with tech support, where they would make some change (updating drivers, disabling/enabling the playback device) I'm encouraged to wipe my drive and restore the computer.
So, HP sends me a flash drive to wipe my hard drive.
Turns out the problem is still there.... and now I've also lost my Office 2013 install, and need to purchase a new key to use it again. I call tech support again and they do not have my original Office key that I purchased through HP. Also, to try to fix the sound problem, the supervisor tech turns off my start up programs in msConfig. I'm not sure why wiping the computer is higher up on the checklist than turning off programs in msConfig.
So far, my experience with HP tech support has cost me 24 hours of effort, between the calls, backing up my files, restoring the computer, and reinstalling about 20% of the software that was on it. It has also cost me the extended warranty and now a new Office product key.
I initially bought this laptop through HP because you are a solid company, but after this experience, I just can't see purchasing anything from you again.
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