Setting up a low speed computer, what software to use??

By Ph30nIX ยท 5 replies
Apr 10, 2005
  1. Hi there,

    Soon i am going to be getting some old computers from the school, re-formatting them and then completly re-installing the OS,AV software, and a firewall. I was wondering what would be best for a computer that is about:
    266Mhz, 64-192mb RAM (most likely 64mb), and about a 2-5Gb HDD, also possibly a crappy GFX Card.

    One thing to keep in mind is that most people who are recieving them will probably be incompetent, so i think that a version of windows will probably be the best option, i have 98,2000,XPhome.XPpro.
    Im guessing that 98/2000 will be the best, im pretty sure that they will already have 2000 installed so that will be a good bonus.

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Anything under 128MB RAM definitely Windows 98SE.
    Make life easy for yourself and give them all W98SE.
    If for some PCs you decide on W2K, format in FAT32, don't use NTFS, those disks are too slow.

    And DON'T use the PCs the way they come. Format and reinstall from scratch for ALL of them!
  3. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 243

    yea, i was thinking of re-installing from scratch, in the way of virus protection etc, what would be a good option considering the low speed?
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Free AVG for antivirus
    Free firewall from either or or

    Do NOT start asking for the best of this or the other programs, other people have put in enough of those irritating repeated questions in other posts already!
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    I'd go with 98SE to many hardware issues after that
    no opinions from me on software try diff flavors and pick one that works (for now)
  6. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 243

    thanks realblackstuff and samstoned.

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