Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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Installing Windows 8 on older PCs is a no-brainer...Jason Perlow: ...if your hardware isn't ancient and you actually have a brain.
My opponent, Master Jedi of the Linux greybeards order, has proposed that older PC hardware needs Windows 8 like a "fish needs a bicycle". His comparison is as ludicrous as if he were to propose that his beloved Shi-Tsu is even anywhere near as intelligent as either of my miniature poodles. Which it isn't.
Look, if your PC is ten years old, guess what: It's time to buy a new PC. Even the most inexpensive, bargain basement $399-$499 COSTCO or Wal-Mart laptop or desktop Chinese special running Windows 8 is going to give you a better and certainly more secure experience than what you're (probably) currently using, no disrespect to SJVN's beloved obscure Linux distribution running on his TRS-80 or Atari 800 intended.
But for those of you who have systems that are in the range of four or five years old, installing the Windows 8 upgrade is probably a no-brainer, and your system will run faster and more reliably and more secure than it did before.
Windows 8 on old PCs: The Star Wars Stormtrooper of operating systemsSteven J. Vaughan-Nichols: I forgive my one time padawan, Jason Perlow, for being deceived by the dark side and believing that Windows 8 is great on old PCs , when actually Windows 8 stinks on old PCs.
True, Windows 8 works as well on old PCs as it will on new PCs. That is to say, Windows 8 will be a misfire like a drunk Star Wars stormtrooper there as well.
It's not that I'm hate Windows and prefer Linux. I actually like both Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7 SP1. I just prefer Linux, particularly Linux Mint, to either one.
Windows 8 is another story. I find its Metro, excuse me Modern, interface is ugly as sin and a pain to use. Sure, Windows 8 is faster than 7 on a test-bench, but do you want to learn a new, pain-in-the-rump interface that eats all your screen space? I don't think so.
If you want something that will bring new life to your old PC, and you already know how to use, check out Google's Chrome OS. If you feel more adventuresome, try Ubuntu or Mint.
Just don't waste your time, energy, or money on Windows 8. The lure of the dark side will only bring you tears in the end. Repent Perlow! If Darth Vader can, you can too!