Should I install Win 2000 on old laptop

Lenovo Thinkpad t23 p3-1.13 48gb 128mb w...
September 29, 2010 at 18:22:33
Specs: Win7 64bit, Intel C2D/4gig
My friend has an old Thinkpad T23 with a P3 cpu, 30gig HD and has 256mb ram. It came with Win 2000 on it originally. She got it used and someone had put Win XP on it. Now she wants me to 'clean' it up for her - software-wise - meaning remove junk files, defrag and chkdsk and maybe even 'wipe and reload' if necessary - in essence squeeze all of the remaining performance out of it for her. My question is, do I do the software 'cleanup' and then just let it crawl the rest of the way or.....install Win 2000 and give it some 'breathing room' based on the memory requirements of Win 2000. I am a little leery about putting the components through a 'wipe and reload'....afraid something will die in the process. Are my fears justified in this case?. I need the opinions here. I would like to try to do the best I can for this machine...but considering its age... hmm. All opinions are greatly respected and appreciated.

Loretta


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#1
September 29, 2010 at 18:57:28
Rather than installing a 10 yr old version of Windows, would your friend consider a modern (lightweight) version of Linux? There are plenty of distros that perform quite well with just 256MB RAM. To name a few: Puppy, Quirky, Dreamlinux, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Vector, Mint Xfce, Mint LXDE.

http://distrowatch.com/


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#2
September 29, 2010 at 19:11:10
Thanks for the reply. She is barely acquainted with Win XP. I don't think that she would agree to anything else...period. I thought about that too...nice try though.

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#3
September 29, 2010 at 19:23:57
How about adding more RAM then?

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#4
September 29, 2010 at 19:31:40
My mistake...I probably should have added that she lost her position at her company and has next to no money to invest in this machine. Sorry I didn't include that bit of info.

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#5
September 29, 2010 at 19:37:53
A stripped version of XP, browser, Word, Excel. Should be serviceable for a student. I've used a P120 laptop with W98 for many years without any problems.

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#6
September 29, 2010 at 20:30:05
I'm not suggesting throwing tons of money at it, but $20-25? Maybe even less if you can find it locally in a PC repair shop, flea market or Craigslist.

http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.as...


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