Set up an aged XP laptop?
August 28, 2010 7:26 PM Subscribe
How best can I set up an ancient Gateway laptop?
posted by solipsophistocracy to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I managed to fix my neighbor's "totally fried" Gateway laptop from 2005 by taking it all the way apart, cleaning it thoroughly (the shit that came out of there was horrifying), wiping the drives, and reinstalling XP from the recovery disks. I imagine that the stock virus protection software is all but useless (along with most of the other bundled software).
I don't hold out too much hope for this box's longevity, but its owner's needs are pretty minimal. She just wants to be able to check email, catalog photos, and maybe do some occasional word processing.
I don't know too much about Windows (it's been a while since I did anything at all with it), so I'm really uncertain how best to 'set it up' for my neighbor. I reckon she'll need some anti-virus software, but beyond that vague inkling, I really have no idea of how best to configure/extend the life of an old XP box.
Got any recommendations for what software I can install or settings I should amend to give the box a fighting chance of working for a little bit longer?