What is the best OS for my old (650MHz Dell with 128MB RAM, 25GB hard drive) PC that I plan to give to my friend's parents? I plan on completely wiping the hard drive, and starting from scratch, but...
Should I load the original Windows 98 OS on it? I've got the original CD, but I wonder if 98 would be worthwhile. Are there security issues to be concerned with? What about reliability? It performed well for me, but still...
I also have the Windows XP system disk that came with my new computer. I checked the Microsoft site
, and it seems the old system might
just squeak by with Windows XP. But will they be able to do anything else? (Dang! 128MB is a lot for the OS!)
A few friends with more tech experience than I say that even the minimum system requirements aren't really enough. Is that true?
A little about the recipients of my charititude... They are an older couple, in their 60's or 70's. Not very tech-savvy. This will be their first computer. They plan on using it for basic stuff - email and web surfing. Also, I plan to load Firefox for them, in an effort to thwart any spyware, adware, etc.
Oh, and one final word, I'd like to do this as inexpensively as possible (i.e. free). Thanks, all!!