Windows 7 is Dead
Windows 7 is Dead! This Halloween Microsoft officially killed Windows 7 and Windows 8. System manufactures and refurbishes must now install Windows 10 to all computers. Only if they do not have a stock pile of Windows 7 licenses.
This comes as a real blow to refurbishment’s. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher we can tell you that Windows 7 is valuable for older systems. We will be installing Linux on systems that will not run Windows 10 properly, to our standards.
With Windows 7 being the most popular operating system on earth, powering more than 40% of all personal computers a lot of consumers are unhappy with the news. Windows 7 support is to continue until January 2020, giving users just over three years to migrate to another operating system.
Linux is an option
For low power systems that can not run Windows 10, Linux is a fine choice. With Ubuntu being the number one choice for installation. With system requirements that are extremely forgiving.
Ubuntu Desktop Edition
- 700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
- 512 MiB RAM (system memory)
- 5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
- VGA capable of 1024×768 screen resolution
- Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
Windows 10 Home
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor or SoC (system on a chip). 64-bit versions of Windows 10 require a processor that supports CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF capabilities.
- RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit
- Graphics: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver. Some games and apps might need DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance.
- Display: 1024 x 600. The number of applications that can be snapped depends upon the minimum resolution for each application.
Compared to Windows 10 system requirements Linux is a very minimalist operating system while still offering great functionality and interoperability.