Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 19th Oct 2010 23:23 UTC
Windows In previous OS News articles, I described how mature computers up to ten years oldĀ can be refurbished and made useful. One article identified and evaluated different approaches to refurbishing. This article tells how to performance tune a mature Windows computer to make it serviceable again. I hope it will interest anyone who wants to tune Windows.
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to simply install Linux, in less than an hour you could have a fully functioning Ubuntu or Linux Mint system up and running. It would even transfer the files from the Windows My Documents folder, if you wanted, into the home directory of the Linux system.

All of that would take about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the speed of the computer, and another half hour to add the media codecs/Flash plugins for Firefox, and do some personalisation.

Then I would have to spend the next several months trying to find viable alternatives for the 40+ apps I use on Windows (wonder if they have anything for editing patches on my Yamaha Motif XF synth?), on top of wasting a lot of time trying to make some of these apps run under Wine, once I realize that there are no Linux alternatives for them.

In short, no thanks. Setting up Windows properly takes about a day for me, but then that setup is good for at least the next year.

BTW: Nice article. I didn't read the whole thing, but one thing I'm not sure is mentioned in the article is... never install anything on your Windows box that says Norton or Symantec on it. The same goes for Adobe, except for Flash (which is unfortunately necessary for a lot of web sites/apps). You could also do yourself good by avoiding iTunes/Quicktime if you can.

Edited 2010-10-20 01:57 UTC

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