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.
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.
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.
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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