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I have an old Dell Latitude CP 233XT laptop. Its original O/S was either Win 95 or NT (according to various stuck on labels), with 64 RAM. I managed to get a very cheap 64MB chip off eBay to upgrade the RAM to the M/B max of 128MB. All other hardware upgrades are far too expensive for Laptop’s age.
I’ve checked the system requirement for various spare O/S’s that I have (WinMe, Win2K & Xp) All three would run on this old lappy, but I would rather have an NTFS file system which puts WinMe out of the frame.
My question is this: Which, in your various opinions, would be the better O/S, Win2K or Xp?
I have experience from long ago with Xp but I’ve never used Win2K and I do realise that things would be sluggish compared to my year old Toshiba Satellite Pro running Win 7.
Many thanks in anticipation
I had wk2 for years and it is probably the most stable of the old os's, but I changed to xp a few years ago and now that's pretty much stable. You'll probably find w2k will run faster than xp on 128mb ram though.
I think Win2K will run better as well. But if you go for XP, you can cut down all the 'Window dressing' to save resources. A few other tweaks may help as well. click here for a guide. G
Thanks for your thoughts, Fruit Bat & michaelw.
Interesting that Fruit Bat mentioned drivers, that was my first thought. I was surprised how easy it was to get the necessary drivers for my printer etc., so that wasn’t an issue.
If I disable as much as possible in “services” , obviously with care, would I gain much in speed in either O/S?
I've had a quick look at your link and bookmarked for future reference.
The only mute point is I'm not sure there's a free firewall which supports w2k.
You've raised a fair point. One that I've thought about. I've got the laptop rigged wireless behind a Netgear router which is firewalled.
I've been busy trying to find an AV that's up to date that will run on low specs. I haven't found one yet, but I'm beginning to wonder if it's worth worrying about. My thinking being a)I'm behind a reasonable firewall thats kept me safe to date, and b)win2k being so old now that the virus makers have moved on,(false sense of security?)
A the moment I'm trying to get my Netgear dongle to hold the wireless connection again. It keeps dropping out on a regular beat. The anonging thing is that I've had it running smoothly up to now.
Why don't you try a linux distro on it?
Plenty to choose from and you could try one as a live cd first before uninstalling windows
I've no experience with linux (yet).
The reason why I'm trying to get this laptop running to to save the price of a new netbook. "She who must be obeyed" wants a netbook to run certain progs, one of which, in it's latest update, won't run on 98se/WinMe anymore, or I would have used that O/S. She is also the sort of person that struggles with using the DVD player & Wii.
This project is also keeping me from getting cabin fever whilst I'm stuck at home during the current big freeze.
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