Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Dec 2010 22:06 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows While Microsoft's Security Essentials has been very well received because of its small footprint and unobtrusive nature, it didn't always rank among the very top when it came to its detection rates. Overall, I'd still say it's one of the best antivirus tools. Now, with version 2.0, Microsoft has improved the detection mechanisms, but of course, it'll take some tests before we can see how effective they are.
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RE[2]: XP not excrement just yet
by Andre on Sat 18th Dec 2010 10:23 UTC in reply to "RE: XP not excrement just yet"
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Sorry, but on my (early) Pentium 4 (Willamette) (1.6 Ghz)
It's not that suitable for Windows Vista or 7. I guess, that machine is better off with XP.

It got 512 MB of RAM. But installing more RAM is difficult, since it uses PC800 RDRAM, so, a rare type of memory and the mainboard is picky about it's modules. Also, having to replace the video card, just to run the OS in a normal way seems rediculas to me (I am no gamer whatsoever, so I don't need 3D stuff)

In my opinion, to run an Operating System like Windows Vista or Windows 7, the "Pentium III or earier" doesn't work. I think you need a recent Pentium 4 or newer with a shitload of RAM and a modern 3d card.

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I think you need a recent Pentium 4 or newer with a shitload of RAM and a modern 3d card.

My media centre is a 2002 PIV-2.8Ghz, 2GB of RAM, and a GeFore 6200. You could get all that for like 30USD off eBay, and it does full HD without a hitch.

I also run Windows 7 comfortably on an Intel Atom dual-core 1.6Ghz/2GB of RAM/Intel with the crappiest of crappy Intel 945GC chipsets (no dedicated video card). My now-dead netbook, the same spec but with the single-core first-gen Atom, also ran Windows 7 just fine (incl. all the graphics stuff).

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Hi Andre! If you have a XP Pro license you might want to look into "TinyXP Rev 09" as I have found that it works MUCH better than standard XP on low RAM systems such as yours. in fact if you choose "bare-without IE and OE" (it provides FireFox and you can of course use Chrome as well) you are looking at just 50MB! on the desktop. I tested it on a 400MHz P3 with 384MB of RAM, and it was actually snappy, on a system like yours it would fly!

That said if you keep an eye on Newegg and Tigerdirect you can find MB+CPU kits pretty cheap, so maybe you ought to think about getting a cheapo AMD dual core. Sadly you can get a dual core PLUS MB for less than getting a decent amount of RDRAM. Add a 1GB DDR2 and you can easily get out with less than $90 invested, and you would have nicer EVERYTHING-nicer CPU, nicer GPU, faster RAM, etc.

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