windows xp or 98

Hewlett-packard / BRIO
February 23, 2009 at 11:14:20
Specs: Windows XP, 733mh intel 320ram
I have an old hp comp. 20gb hard drive and 320 ram but it is kind of slow and i was wondering if i would be better off running windows 98 or the xp professional that im running.

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February 23, 2009 at 11:51:16
There is no real recommendation for you.

Concerning the performance, you should better install Windows 98.

Concerning security (if one can speak of security on Windows), you'd better install Windows XP.

So whatever you do, it's bad.
I guess, there are a lot of security holes, that are not patched and Microsoft didn't support Win98 anymore.

On WinXP, you have to have a lot of time only for starting up the system. Trying to work with such system is impossible.
I tried that on a PC such as yours, for a friend of mine. Forget it.
Whenever you try to start a program, Windows begins to swap parts of the system to it's page file aso.

An older (smaller) Linux may be a possibility for your PC.

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February 23, 2009 at 12:04:17
"An older (smaller) Linux may be a possibility for your PC"

I agree Linux may be the better route to take but I see no reason to go with an older version. Try Linux Mint XFCE:

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February 23, 2009 at 12:14:54

If system requirements are suitable for this system, I would agree.

But the most actual Linux versions deal with the actual hardware available.
It can be used on older PCs, but you'll mostly get the same problem like using WinXP on such systems.

What I mean is, it doesn't realy matter, whether Linux or Windows is swapping to the page file.

Slow is slow.

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February 23, 2009 at 12:38:12
google tinyxp

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February 23, 2009 at 12:41:45

The 20GB hard drive in of itself is not that big an issue. You didn't give any meaningful hardware information. What processor is in your computer?

Your WinXP installation may be slower than it needs to be. Loading too many programs at startup and using fancy wallpapers and screen savers for instance.

Try downloading CCleaner slim and running the cleaner module. Get it at the link below.

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February 23, 2009 at 13:06:41

Have you ever tried to install and work with TinyXP?
What I know about TinyXP, there are a lot of difficulties during the installation because of missing drivers ect.

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February 23, 2009 at 14:15:32
Why run an OS that's over 10 yrs old (Win98) when you can run a 2008 Linux distro? Have you ever worked with Linux Mint XFCE? The GUI/Desktop Environment/Windows Manager is a big factor in determining the memory requirements. XFCE is one of the more lightweight desktop environments therefore the memory requirement is lower than for a distro that uses GNOME or KDE. Personally, I prefer Mint & have been running it for quite a while, but there are other distros that use XFCE such as Xubuntu & Vector. The minimum memory requirements vary but they're roughly 192-256MB. Seeing as how shotz has 320MB, he/she should have no problem with ANY of the XFCE based distros. Go for Mint ;-)

"google tinyxp"

If you're gonna go that route, you may as well get WinFLP SP3.

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