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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Bill Shooter of Bul
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First, I would not recommend using any third party tools to clean up windows or help you do the job. I often find those programs to cause just as many, if not more, problems as then they solve.

Second, The software substitution list is a joke. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE foss software and use it almost exclusively. However, if you have a Dreamweaver, MS office, Photoshop on a donated PC that you are not going to reformat, Leave them there unless there is a really good reason not to. If the new user doesn't need/ will never need one of them, then by all means remove them. But, those are F*ing expensive a** programs who's complete functionality cannot be readily replaced by FOSS as of yet. If the user really needs them, leave them. Dream weaver especially. There absolutely is not another program in the same category as it. Even older versions are very useful.

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