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Default What is the best operating system for me? - 09-03-2010, 10:41 PM

Hello guys, 2 weeks ago i bought my Dell Insp Mini 1012 (The average version)
and its my first Net-book/Laptop.
From the first day i had it i was using Windows 7 Ultimate, But now as i see the net-book is pretty slow.

My only uses for this net-book is:

#1 Office, Office and more office. I'm a student and its very impotent for me.
#2 Internet, Facebook, Tweeter ,News , ICQ, MSN, Skype...
#3 Music! i use the PC to play allot of music on my stereo system

Video, Pics and games are welcome but i will be not using them much.

Please suggest me what the best OS for my needs, that will work fast and smooth.

Thank you, and have a nice day!
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Default 09-03-2010, 11:08 PM

You already have the best for you. Netbooks are not speedy critters. One thing to look at is which AV and firewall software you use. Some are better than others.


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Default 09-04-2010, 03:25 AM

Need more speed?

In order:
1. Go to Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization and select Windows Classic Theme.

2. Go to Control Panel\System and Security\System and select Advanced System Settings, Performance, Settings, and select Adjust for Best Performance.
3. Cough up $49 and bump the ram to 2gb.
Your PC will run much better, even though it will look like Windows 2000.



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Default 09-04-2010, 07:50 AM

4. Turn off the unnecessary system apps like indexing service and others.
5. Check out and turn off the unnecessary programs that starting with Windows.
6. If you have 2GB RAM, then you can turn off the virtual memory (swap) (could cause problems if you regularly use very powerful applications like Photoshop)


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Default 09-04-2010, 09:23 AM

Thank you!

But you sure that the OS is not the problem? I heard that there is some Operating-systems that much lighter and especially for my student needs...
(Jolicoud for example)


Anyway, I will try your solutions for this problem, and I'll be glad if some one can name the best and lightest programs for netbook...
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Default 09-04-2010, 10:38 AM

I would give ubuntu or ubuntu or netbook remix a try... you can actually try it without any change to your system booting it from a USB stick

have a look here
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Default 09-04-2010, 12:50 PM

Thanks I'll try ubuntu out!, I found Moblin OS I'll try it 2
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Default 09-09-2010, 05:00 PM

Personally I think that Windows 7 Ultimate is unnecessary overhead for a Mini 1012. I would just go with Windows 7 Home. If you need to have your netbook join a domain I would consider Windows 7 Pro but probably would go with Windows XP Pro.
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Default 09-10-2010, 10:50 PM

There is no "overhead" other than disk space running a higher edition than you need.


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Default 09-11-2010, 01:47 AM

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Thanks I'll try ubuntu out!, I found Moblin OS I'll try it 2
I like Ubuntu, but I didn't recommend it for you because your initial post listed a couple pieces of Windows-only software (like Microsoft Office, ICQ, etc). And Skype is Window-mostly software. It has a Linux version, but Skype doesn't pay much attention to their Linux version (it's several versions behind Windows). And Adobe spends more time making its Flash plugin run better in Windows. (Flash is used by many websites for "fancy" stuff, like games)

Ubuntu does have plenty of spreadsheets, word processors, chat clients, music players, web browsers, etc. But if you want the exact software you're used to, you'll be mostly disappointed.

On the plus side, I think Linux without Antivirus (normal setup) usually outperforms Windows with Antivirus. And installing software via the official repositories is a thousand times easier, faster and safer than installing software on Windows. For example, I use the "comix" program for displaying images, particularly collections of images in zip/rar files, but it's not installed by default. But I can literally download and install it in seconds on Ubuntu. Larger software, like a media player, takes longer, but it's still easy.

So, you could be happy with Ubuntu, or some other Linux distro. But you'll need to adapt to different applications to perform the same tasks.


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