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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Reformat.
by Timmmm on Wed 20th Oct 2010 10:54 UTC
Timmmm
Member since:
2006-07-25

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.

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

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RE: Reformat.
by bolomkxxviii on Wed 20th Oct 2010 11:46 in reply to "Reformat."
bolomkxxviii Member since:
2006-05-19

Reformatting is the way to go. Just make sure you have all the needed drivers on hand first. As for MS Office, one problem with it is the size of the install. Older machines have relatively tiny hard drives. Windows/MS Office can nearly fill the drive leaving little room for other programs and the user's files. The problem here is many people do not donate the OEM discs (either lost or never prvided by the OEM). I haven't read the EULA recently so I don't know if the license is transferable.

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RE: Reformat.
by lemur2 on Wed 20th Oct 2010 11:57 in reply to "Reformat."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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, Paint.net, 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.

Enjoy.

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RE[2]: Reformat.
by lucas_maximus on Wed 20th Oct 2010 12:28 in reply to "RE: Reformat."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

With Linux it is faster to install the OS (no product keys, no hunts for drivers, no lengthy virus database downloads)


Install of Windows 7 took all of 15 minutes on Brother's Athlon 1700+ which has 1.5gb of ram. Didn't need to "hunt" for drivers, they were already installed.

On a newer machine, Windows Vista and 7 will connected to the internet and downloaded the 3rd party drivers I was missing, which is exactly the same thing I had to do in fedora to get my Nvidia Card working.

Installing Microsoft Security Essentials took me about 5 minutes to download and install, another few minutes to update the signatures (which happen in the background so you don't even notice it).

Windows is fine security wise once you have have the Firewall active and the antivirus setup and a decent browser such as chrome. I accept that Internet Explorer has it problems and I don't recommend it.

I am an OpenBSD user, and I like opensource software, but some of what you are saying simply isn't true anymore.

DRM etc really isn't very nice ... but then again it never has really affected me while using Vista or 7.

Installing software is easy in Linux until you have to install something that is not in a repository that you already have ... then you have to install and configure the repository and you have to make sure that it doesn't conflict with your existing ones.

With Windows I google the app, download the installer and run it. Don't have to worry about repositories.

Even with OpenBSD and FreeBSD you don't have to worry about these things ... just set up ports and your url of where packages are and the package manager sorts everything else out.

I find Linux an absolute pain to use, even compared to difficult unix like OS's such as OpenBSD and Solaris.

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