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Do you have an older PC or Laptop Running Windows 7? Time to bring new life to your computer

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

-Muon Package Manager - Software Store/Manager


We scored Lubuntu the following:


*Aesthetics: 6/10 - We feel that although it looks great, it doesn't look as pleasing as some of the other operating systems in our list.

*Ease of Use: 7/10 - The operating system is generally easy and simple to use, although the package manager can be a bit confusing for those not familiar with it. The operating system comes with a good selection of free software pre-installed.

*Security: 6/10 - This is a good level of security (as I rate windows 10 a 5/10 due to the majority of viruses aimed at windows based systems), however this is not the most secure operating system out there, but is good for online shopping, online banking, and everyday browsing.

*Familiarity: 7/10 - The general Layout is very similar to Windows XP, with a basic start menu, categorised by application type, and a basic task bar for your favourite apps.

*Installation: 7/10 - The installation is a fairly painless process, however those that are not familiar with managing and creating partitions may find that step a bit difficult.


TOTAL SCORE: 33/50


CONCLUSION:

This is a great operating system for someone with a fairly old computer wanting to breath more life into it, however there is a learning curve when it comes to using this operating system, however is fairly simple to set up and use, and once you have learned the basics, is a fun, and fast operating system that is very reliable

The 2nd operating system on our list is Linux Lite 4.6 64 Bit.

Please click here for a link to the ISO Image

Linux Lite is designed as a gateway operating system, designed to make the transition from windows to Linux as smooth as possible. It does this by utilising a custom XFCE Desktop interface, making a really clean and simple user interface, that is all so familiar. The minimum system requirements for Linux Lite 4.6 64 Bit are:


-CPU: 1.5GHz processor

-RAM: 1024mb ram

-STORAGE: 20gb


This version of Linux Lite 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)

-GNU Image Manipulation Program (Also known as GIMP) - a vector graphics 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

-Thunderbird Mail - Email Client

-Lite Software - Software Store/Manager


We have scored Linux Lite the following:


*Aesthetics: 7/10 - This operating system not only looks great, but has a great familiar start menu and task bar.

*Ease of Use: 8/10 - The operating system is really simple and easy to use with a great software manager that is fairly simple to use. The operating system comes with a good selection of free software pre-installed.

*Security: 7/10 - This is a good level of security (as I rate windows 10 a 5/10 due to the majority of viruses aimed at windows based systems), an improvement on security, however is not the most secure operating system out there, but is good for online shopping, online banking, and everyday browsing.

*Familiarity: 8/10 - The general Layout is fantastic, with those familiar with Windows 7 should be able to use this with only a small learning curve.

*Installation: 8/10 - The installation is a fairly painless process, with the option to erase the whole drive, and install, or to split the drive and share the drive with the existing operating system (Dual Boot)


TOTAL SCORE: 38/50


CONCLUSION:

For anyone transitioning into the Linux world, or for anyone looking for a FREE operating system that is simple and easy to use, this is a great choice, with only a small learning curve, and many great apps available.

The 3rd Operating system on our list is Bodhi Linux 5.0 64 Bit.

Please click here for a link to the ISO Image.


One thing to note with the live ISO at the time of writing, it didn't have native support for the Wi-Fi card on our test system, however, connecting an Ethernet cable between the laptop and our router allowed us to install updates during the installation.

Bodhi Linux is an Ubuntu derived operating system utilising the Moksha Desktop environment. Although it looks a little different compared to the first 2 x Operating systems on our list, we believe that this is a visually pleasing operating system. The minimum system requirements are as follows:


-CPU: 1.0ghz processor

-RAM: 512MB of RAM

-STORAGE: 10GB of drive space


This version of Bodhi Linux 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

-Inkscape - Vector and Bitmap Image editor

-Blender - 3D graphics editor

-Openshot Video 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)

-Midori - Web Browser

-Chromium - Web Browser

-Transmission - Peer to Peer File Sharing Client

-Bodhi App Centre - Software Store/Manager


We have scored Bohi Linux the following:


*Aesthetics: 8/10 - This operating system Has a great look, and feel to it

*Ease of Use: 6/10 - Bodhi Linux is ok to use once you get use to it, however trying to find what you are looking for in the system can be a bit of a challenge.

*Security: 7/10 - This is a good level of security (as I rate windows 10 a 5/10 due to the majority of viruses aimed at windows based systems), an improvement on security, however is not the most secure operating system out there, but is good for online shopping, online banking, and everyday browsing.

*Familiarity: 6/10 - The layout is ok, with a very basic start menu, and a more complex task bar than most people will be used to, however great to use once you are used to it.

*Installation: 7/10 - The installation is similar to our previous choice with the option to erase the whole drive, or split it with the existing operating system.


TOTAL SCORE: 34/50


CONCLUSION:

We found that the live boot did not have native Wi-Fi support for our test system, and for those that do not have a spare Ethernet cable, may find this difficult to use without installing additional drivers. However once the Ethernet cable was connected, the system allowed us to install 3rd party drivers and apps, which gave us Wi-Fi access once fully installed. The operating system is ok to use, however has a larger learning curve than the others we tested here, but is potentially a good system to use once you have learnt the basics.

The 4th operating system on our list is Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia 64 Bit

Please click here for a link to the ISO Image.

Linux Mint is an Ubuntu/Debian Based operating system. There are 3 x Main "Flavours" of this operating system, but the one we are testing uses the Cinnamon Desktop environment, specifically designed for Linux Mint. This operating system in my opinion is the easiest to use for someone that has never used a version of Linux before. Even my dad has used this and he said "its a very clear, easy to use system that I would be happy to use all of the time".

The minimum system requirements are:


-CPU: 1.0ghz 64 Bit Processor

-RAM: 1GB RAM

-STORAGE: 15GB of Disk Space


This version of Linux Mint 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, Math - Scientific Formulae Editor, Base - Database editor (Similar to Microsoft Access)

-GNU Image Manipulation Program (also known as GIMP) - 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)

-Rhythmbox - Audio/Music Player

-Mozilla Firefox - Web Browser

-Thunderbird Mail - Email Client (Previously known as Mozilla Thunderbird)

-Transmission - Peer to Peer File Sharing Client

-Software Manager - Software Centre/Manager


We scored Linux mint the following:


*Aesthetics: 7/10 - A Good looking operating system

*Ease of Use: 9/10 - We found this the easiest out of all of the operating systems on our list to use, with a feel similar to windows 7, and a very small learning curve

*Security: 8/10 - This is a great level of security (as I rate windows 10 a 5/10 due to the majority of viruses aimed at windows based systems), a great operating system for online shopping, online banking, and everyday browsing.

*Familiarity: 8/10 - We found this operating system to be the most familiar when compared to Windows 7 with a good start menu, and simple task bar interface.

*Installation: 8/10 - The installation is similar to our previous choice with the option to erase the whole drive, or split it with the existing operating system (Dual Boot).


TOTAL SCORE: 40/50


CONCLUSION:

For a Linux Operating system, this is one of the easiest ones to use for a novice computer user. With a very small learning curve and a familiar set up to Windows 7, this would make a great transitional operating system that will both speed up your computer, whilst also remaining secure with it being consistently kept up to date.


Our 5th and last operating system on our list is Deepin OS 15.11 64 Bit.


Please click here for a link to the ISO Image.


Deepin OS is an interesting, and rather controversial choice on our list. Based on Debian, and utilising its own Desktop Interface, Deepin Desktop Environment. This Chinese built operating system allows the user upon installation to choose whether they prefer the standard "windows" interface with a start menu and Task bar interface, or if you are more used to the Mac OS Interface (Or iOS, or Android), then it will allow you to choose this type of interface, allowing for truly flexible operating system.


The minimum system requirements are as follows:

-CPU: Intel Pentium IV 2GHz or higher

-RAM: more than 2G RAM, 4G or higher is recommended

-STORAGE: more than 25 GB free disk space


This version of Deepin comes with the following apps pre-installed:


-WPS Office - Writer (Word Processor similar to Microsoft Word), Spreadsheets (Spreadsheet software similar to Microsoft Excel), Presentation (Presentation software similar to Microsoft PowerPoint), PDF (A PDF Document Viewer, similar to Adobe Reader)

-Movie - Media Player similar to Windows Media Player

-Music - Audio/Music Player

-Google Chrome - Web Browser

-App Store - Software Store/Management


We rated Deepin the following Score:


*Aesthetics: 9/10 - A great, well thought out operating system that looks fantastic

*Ease of Use: 9/10 - On par with Linux Mint in terms of ease of use. Very simple to use with great choice of flexibility on how the interface is laid out

*Security: 5/10 - As we said at the beginning, this is controversial. We personally found no real issues with the security aspect of this operating system, however with rumours going around regarding the Chinese government censorship and spying capabilities, we are unsure as to how secure this operating system really is.

*Familiarity: 8/10 - This operating system has a great familiar feel for both those people used to using a tablet, or Windows or Mac OS based system, and so this is a greatly familiar feeling operating system.

*Installation: 9/10 - The installation was the simplest out of all of the operating systems we installed. It also had the most aesthetically pleasing installer.


TOTAL SCORE: 40/50


CONCLUSION:

Even though this is a controversial operating system, we had no issues using it with its greatly thought out layout, and its really great graphical interface. We would highly recommend giving Deepin a go (even in a virtual Environment such as Oracles VirtualBox)

In summary, all of the above operating systems are great for those looking to breath new life into your ageing computer hardware, or for those that perhaps cant afford to buy a new PC or laptop, and would like to continue to use their computer systems without having to worry as to whether your system is safe.


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