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Is it possible to install a Linux OS as the only OS on a Vista computer


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#1 cmptrgy

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 05:44 PM

My son has 2 Vista computers and wants to know what he can do with them

HP-Pavilion a6010n Vista desktop & Dell Inspiron 1545 Vista laptop

I can restore them to factory condition but I don’t thinks it’s cost effective to upgrade them to either Win7 or Win10

Is it possible to install a Linux OS as the only OS on each one of the computers?

I don’t know Linux but I’d like to set them up that way if possible



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 07:28 PM

Yes you can install linux on a Vista computer. The specs of the computer would determine which distro was best. Linux Mint has several options. I think it would be best to move this thread to the linux forum.

 

For some reason I can only access the Hp support page in IE

 

http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00877010

 

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1GB or memory.

Integrated graphics using Intel GMA 950

320 GB HDD

 

Here is the specs for the Dell but please confirm how much RAM it has.

 

https://www.cnet.com/products/dell-inspiron-1545-15-6-p-t4200-vista-home-premium-3-gb-ram-250-gb-hdd-series/specs/

 

Personally I would go with Mate or Xfce on these computers.


Edited by JohnC_21, 08 October 2016 - 08:44 PM.


#3 cmptrgy

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 12:14 AM

Thanks John_C. I will proceed with this in the Linux forum and will post the specs of each computer as I get to them.



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 12:28 AM

Hi cmptrgy, it's been a while.

 

If you go to the Windows Start menu and type and enter

msinfo32

you will be presented with details. The summary page provides a lot. but other tags/tabs can be used to flesh out.

 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:15 AM

RAM will be the key factor here.  If only 1GB then something like Linux Mint Xfce would be good.
 
If 2GB or more then something like Linux Mint Mate would be good.

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:35 AM

From what I can gather both computers can be upgraded to 4GB of ram.

This is a good thing as you could up the ram and get a more current yet lightweight distro.

1GB will limit your options, so I suggest investing in some RAM updates.

Sure there is a cost but it would open the door for you to install 64bit linux as opposed to 32bit and the processors should handle 64bit systems.

DDR2 ram isnt that common anymore but can be found on the cheap and installing the ram should be easy on the desktop.

Not sure on the laptop but finding someone to up the ram would not be hard.


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 10:18 PM

Can a moderator please lock this topic?

 

I have moved this topic to

I am interested in upgrading my son’s Vista laptop to an appropriate Linux OS

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/629150/i-am-interested-in-upgrading-my-sons-vista-laptop-to-an-appropriate-linux-os/



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:30 AM

Topic locked.

 

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