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: old Acrobat is a can of worms
by WereCatf on Wed 20th Oct 2010 01:42 UTC in reply to "old Acrobat is a can of worms"
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It's not a good idea to install an old Acrobat reader because of the security risks

Indeed, that's what jumped out at my eyes too from the article. Acrobat Reader is well-known for all the holes it has and thus it's obviously a very bad idea to use non-recent versions. A really bad suggestion from the author!

About Foxit.. while true, it's fast and easy, I actually find the Windows version of Evince much faster. And it's completely free, too.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

I've seen people run into printing limitations with the light viewers.

They may be faster but they come with the risk of disappointing the user who will then revert to Adobe.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:

IMO, it's not a good idea to "clean up" Windows either. It'll always end up a half-assed job. It's impossible to know 100% that you've got everything. Hint: You probably didn't. Once a system is breached, you cannot trust it any more. Period. And yet, these articles keep encouraging it, and explaining how it can be done instead of going the safer route--reinstalling Windows. WTF?

Either find those original Windows discs, or break down and order a new set from the computer's manufacturer. Don't like it? Well, I guess that's what you get when you use and depend on proprietary, commercial software. Or go the easy route and get one of the various free BSD or Linux-based operating systems out there.

Anything is better than attempting to "clean" an infected Windows machine.

Edited 2010-10-20 17:24 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:

I got the impression that this was written for general maintenance rather than recovery. In terms of tuning and general maintenance, Windows can benefit from it as more users benefit from these types of articles.

Now, in terms of a security breach and malware; we're not talking a system tuneup anymore. Mind you, there are still times when "as best I can tell" is the requirement for lack of option to nuke and pave. These types of articles help people get through that.

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