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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RE: Reformat.
by lemur2 on Wed 20th Oct 2010 11:57 UTC in reply to "Reformat."
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Pretty sure it is a million times easier and better just to reformat and reinstall. If these are donated computers this has the added benefit of not needing to backup data, and removing any personal data.

Also, suggesting Abiword and Gnumeric as more lightweight alternatives to Office it pretty laughable. The latest versions of MS Office are very fast, and much more capable than Abiword/Gnumeric. You might not like it but it is true.

Abiword and Gnumeric are fantastic alternatives compared to Wordpad and Calc. They don't compete against MSOffice at all. MS Works used to be more of the kind of application, but AFAIK MS Works is discontinued now. Too much competition from the likes of Abiword, Gnumeric, Inkscape etc, I would imagine.

Simply wipe, install, then install the decent free apps users probably want: Chrome, 7zip,, VLC, etc.

If you are going to use those applications, you may as well install Linux instead of Windows. Either the exact aspplications, or close equivalents, are available on Linux for all of those.

With Linux it is faster to install the OS (no product keys, no hunts for drivers, no lengthy virus database downloads), it won't get attacked by malware, applications can be searched and installed from the one package manager, it is faster, it boots much faster, it is more compatible with every other platform, it follows standards, it doesn't phone home, it respects your privacy, there are no ads, there is no "genuine advantage", there is no DRM, etc, etc, etc.

The benefits are plentiful, and if you are going to install and run "the decent free apps users probably want" anyway ... then there is no downside ... these are all native applications to Linux anyway.


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