If you didn't already know, Microsoft are ending extended support for Windows 7 as of the 14th January 2020. That doesn't mean that you need to buy a new PC or laptop. You can bring new life to your computer by installing a newer and more secure operating system. We have had user feedback however that some of our customers do not like the look or feel of Windows 10, and also feel that Microsoft have a bit more access to your information than would be liked. So what else is out there. Well Below I will be showing you 5 x different operating systems that are light (Great for older Hardware), easy to use, are secure, look familiar to what you are used to using, and are easy to install yourself (or by us if you don't feel brave enough; however they are as easy to install as installing Windows)
Some advantages of the below operating systems are as follows:
*They are FREE - For each one, we will leave a link to the downloadable ISO
*They come with an Office suite pre-installed (like Microsoft office, but again FREE) that will open most Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, and PowerPoint Presentations)
*Are Open Source (with some Proprietary drivers for greater compatibility)
*Come with a vast number of different (And FREE software available)
Before we begin, we would like to mention the following:
*These Operating systems are different to Windows, and so some programs that you are used to using may not work, or may require an emulator to function - in 9/10 cases there are free alternatives available from the software store (similar to the Google Play Store)
*If you choose to Install any of these, BACK UP ALL OF YOUR IMPORTANT FILES FIRST. By installing these operating systems, you will fully erase your hard drive/SSD/Storage Device, and will lose everything on them without backing up. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR THIS.
*We would advise Live Booting the install media for each one and having a look at the operating system to get a better feel for it before installing.
*We have scored each Operating system (out of 10) on each of the following:- Aesthetics (How good it looks), Ease of Use (How easy it is to use), Security (How secure it is),Familiarity (How similar it is laid out compared to Windows), Installation (How easy it is to install) with 1 being Bad/Really Difficult and 10 being really good/Really Easy
The first operating system we will be looking at is Linux Lubuntu 19.04 64 Bit
Please click here for a link for the ISO Download.
Lubuntu is an Ubuntu Derived version of Linux that uses the LXDE Desktop environment, which focuses on speed, and power efficiency (A great choice for Laptops). Because of this, Lubuntu has very low hardware requirements:
-CPU: 64-bit version suitable for PCs with Intel or AMD chip.
-RAM: 1GB RAM
-STORAGE: 10GB Free Disk Space
This version of Lubuntu comes with the following apps pre-installed:
-Libre Office - Writer (Word Processor similar to Microsoft Word), Calc (Spreadsheet software similar to Microsoft Excel), Impress (Presentation software similar to Microsoft PowerPoint), Draw - Vector Image Editor
-VLC Media Player - Media Player similar to Windows Media Player (But will play almost all types and formats of media files, unlike media player)
-Mozilla Firefox - Web Browser
-Qtransmission BitTorrent Client - Peer to Pear File Sharing Client
-Trojta - Email Client