For all those who stood by bouncing into the street because your computer is outdated, slow as a turtle, and so on., Comes the solution they were expecting: Windows versions edited for older machines running XP with amazing speed. With this guide you will learn all the basics you need to know about these SO “cut” so you can revive your old PC without dying in the attempt. Hands On!
The computer of my girlfriend was a pileup unusable. He bought it in year 90 and peak, equivalent to a Celeron Pentium II, brand (ie, incompatible even with itself), which barely withstood the installation of 128 MB of RAM, a 20GB and HD Worst of all, the horrific version of Windows 2000 that is neither fish nor fowl, and reached the year 2007 full of spam, spyware, etc.. and takes half an hour to open Word. So when the on or off, you could have lunch and dinner as it lit up while Windows shuts down.
A Celeron similar to my girlfriend …
Concerned about remedying this situation I decided to investigate on the Windows “cut”, I had read about them on the network, knew they were versions of the OS (usually Win XP SP2) modified by people “know” so they take almost no memory and run at an incredible speed machines even in “old ladies” and outdated.
Actually it is not difficult to understand how these versions makes it to “cut” of Windows. What consumes the largest amount of memory in Windows are processes that, while some use them, we must accept that they are more for the common user. Network services mostly occupy all the resources of a machine and cause Windows to become very heavy (and this is where it loses to other OS), it becomes slow at times, the famous “hang”, etc.., cause all sorts of problems for users.
Trimmed versions of Windows are installed in about half an hour, automatically running on any PC with minimal memory.
If we compare, Windows XP uses least 64 MB (just to install), and 256 MB to run smoothly.
Now they can laugh, cut one version (we shall see how in depth) requires only 32 MB of RAM. That’s right. 32 against 64 to 256. A real data.
In this picture you can see the comparison of XP “normal” against a shortened version.
I’m not saying that having a PC next generation switch to a shortened version, but is an excellent solution to rescue that computer that were thrown away and can now run XP as if it were Win 98 (including the improving the appearance, do not tell me not care about such things).
They are called this way because not require any user action to install more than touch of a button or a click. No “next”, “accept the contract,” and so on.
There are several versions, since they are modifications made by users and are in no way endorsed or distributed by Microsoft. It is up to the fact each install, but can try and see the difference.
The most popular versions are 3:
* Suricata OS – Mongoose Edition: It may sound funny or strange name, is a very solid version, uses the above 32 MB and properly installed can make a piece of scrap look like a Pentium 4 HT.
* Windows UE7: This is one of the most praised versions, the most neglected of all, although it has a flaw: it consumes more memory than the Suricata OS.
* Windows Angelical 4.5: This is a new version that has become very popular, it also consumes more resources than the Suricata OS, but not as much as Windows UE7, although it is so neglected as this.
For those who already are salivating with the idea of running XP on your pileup, here are the tips and recommendations:
* Make a backup of the Hardware Drivers on your PC (it does DriverMax automatically, for example). After installing the new Windows XP cut, you can reinstall the drivers for everything running smoothly.
* Save the files you want to keep, is unlikely to be erased, but better safe than sorry.
* Please note that there will be some services such as Internet or connect to printers that are disabled by default. They are activated from the Start / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services. (Click here for a guide on how to). If you do not use internet on PC or printer, you need not configure anything.
Installing a Windows unattended:
1. First you download any of the shortened version, just search Google for “Suricata OS”, “Windows Unattended”, etc..
2. Once you get off everything, unzip the files with WinRar or WinZip and guards in a folder.
3. Copy everything to a CD with a program like Nero, but not in the traditional manner, but as a disk image file. “Iso” just down.
4. Done! Just place the copied disc in the CD drive and restart Windows. Rebooting the system will boot from the CD, and prompts you to install the new OS. Once we accept is all done automatically.
To be clear, my recommendation is the Suricata OS – Mongoose Edition. Why? It is the only chance I had to prove in depth (the PC of my girlfriend now flies, it’s safer and runs all the programs she wanted, like photoshop, Messenger, Office, etc).
The requirements are:
Video 2MB (8MB for transparencies)
700MB disk (we can run the applications from CD)
Nevertheless they should try the other options are as recommended by the users of the network.
This is a screenshot of Suricata OS:
And this screenshot is from Windows UE7:
Finally, for the most restless, I commented that the program that lets you go disabling the parties “heavy” Windows is the nLite, I leave a few links to the nLite manual, a tutorial of how to use it and another on how to create your own version of Windows XP cut (see the bottom of the note).
I hope I have worked with all those who sought a solution to the problem of outdated machines not hesitate to send all your questions and comments!