Please recommend a Windows OS / Old laptop

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February 14, 2011 at 09:19:24
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Intel Pentium 1.7/1 Gb
Which Windows OS you would recommend to my old laptop? Will be getting soon a Fujitsu Lifebook notebook, at least 5 years old. 1Gb RAM, 1,7 GHz Intel Pentium CPU. Windows Millenium? Windows 2000? Windows XP? I will be using it mainly for internet. I want it to be as fast as possible and stabile. Thanks!

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#1
February 14, 2011 at 09:29:45
XP SP2 would do nicely. Any other/older (Microsoft) OS would be a waste of time.

Keep in mind you could also run Vista or (most likely) Windows 7.

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#2
February 14, 2011 at 10:20:24
but vista (particularly) and windows 7 will both struggle on that laptop (1GB RAM not enough for either). XP definitely best option.

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#3
February 14, 2011 at 10:34:18
XP would be preferable. Later versions of Windows could probably be "shoehorned-in", but (as mentioned) be somewhat slow at best.

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#4
February 14, 2011 at 10:40:32
To be more specific, Windows XP Pro SP3. Don't get the Home edition, and you should get or update (via Microsoft Update) to Service Pack 3.

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#5
February 14, 2011 at 12:09:28
I disagree with Xps86. XP Home has less overhead that XP Pro so it's more lightweight & should perform a little faster. If you don't absolutely need the security & networking features of XP Pro (home users generally don't), go with XP Home SP3. For an added performance boost, disable the indexing service. And if you can bear to live without it, disable System Restore as well.

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#6
February 14, 2011 at 12:33:17
There are ways to speed up and lighten up xp. It is the best choice since it is about the most supported OS out there.

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#7
February 15, 2011 at 09:58:58
Thanks to you all! Will buy a XP...

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#8
February 15, 2011 at 11:49:44
Choosing between Home and Pro is a no-brainer to me. Pro has much more administration and customization options. Even if Heikki chooses not to use them now, he'll at least have them later on. The speed difference between Home and Pro isn't all that much. You will notice a speed hit when updating from SP1 to SP2, however. Because the laptop is intended for Internet use, I think it's worth the cost for the latest service pack (SP3) at cost of speed. I've always recommended Pro to home users.

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#9
February 15, 2011 at 13:07:35
I'd think that the home is a best choice for a novice where pro is more tailored to businesses. There is very little in Pro that is worth the extra money for most people. Simple free apps make up most of what is left. Only the addition of better file permissions are left. Home would be my suggestion.

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#10
February 15, 2011 at 13:31:14
I would say that for internet browsing XP Home SP3 would be fine, assuming a decent antivirus (avast) and web browser (FF3x/Opera) and that machine will fly!

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