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My wife and I have two computers and the desktop is probably around 10 years old... so its going a bit slower than normal.

I was wondering if and how one would strip a computer* down to just the OP and a web browser. (perhaps a program like GIMP2 as well)

Is there an easy way to do this or just go to remove programs and hack away?

*In other news I web searched strip a computer and unholy things came up.

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1) Reformat and partition the hard drive.
2) Re-install the operating system from scratch.
3) Install the 1 or 2 things you really use.
4) ???
5) Profit!
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DKahnt wrote:
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Not a word more. Kill it and then back to the electrodes!
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DKahnt wrote:
My wife and I have two computers and the desktop is probably around 10 years old... so its going a bit slower than normal.

I was wondering if and how one would strip a computer* down to just the OP and a web browser. (perhaps a program like GIMP2 as well)


You should take a look at Ubuntu, you can download a livecd (or order one) and try it out on your hardware without upsetting your current setup to see if you like it (and to see if its compatible of course). Its a linux distro, but very clean windows-like interface, has Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, GIMP, Inkscape, etc, etc. and will run much faster on far less hardware than XP requires.

I've got it loaded up on an old HP Pavillion ze4900 laptop, and it works great. I let the kids use it to muck around on the web when I've got the PC busy myself.
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too_close wrote:
On the other hand, if you have your heart set on Windows, check this site to strip Windows down to bear necessities. http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/supertweaks.htm


Also, check out nLite. It's a program that will help you install just the parts of Windows XP that you'll use.
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I believe it's BugBear.
That may very well could 'be' on this particular ONE, while I happen to also KNOW for a 'fact' that there is also a "Jack-'O'-Lantern-Bear" -(or "Jack-'O'-Bear"), since I'd given the 'miniature' of THAT to my nephew! It has a distinctive and prominent 'pumpkin-head' from whence it derives this 'moniker'!}r
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