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Windows 7: What do you do with your old hardware?

01 Feb 2010   #41

Windows 7 Pro x64

keep them and build a computer out of it.

got 2 spare pc atm. both on xp :P

also I use them for testing etc.
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01 Feb 2010   #42

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
take it to the tip where cheapskate people like me can "canabilize" it to make servers etc.

Usually you can add for VERY FEW dollars / euros /roubles etc a HDD / SATA card so you can add modern discs to even quite an old mobo.

Typical old Pentium 4 (or even Pentium 3) computers are more than OK for a file server.

Ideal for a cheap file / print / web / email server

You don't even need to connect a screen if you are using this older hardware as a server.

If you can attach a decent size HDD you can use these as a dedicated Music / Video server too.

You'll probably only have 2 memory slots - but you could probably get 2GB / 4GB on a 5 - 6 year old MOBO -- the old DDR memory is REALLY cheap as well.


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21 Oct 2010   #43

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)

Sorry for the very outdated bump here, but I thought that you guys and maybe others might be interested in this: Qimo 4 Kids | Software For Kids
It's basically a Ubuntu derivative for kids, complete with basic educational software.
I've been installing it to any P3's that I find in my garage and will be giving them to my mates who have kids of the right age.
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21 Oct 2010   #44


I have a basement full of relatively old but working hardware. I don't see anything wrong taking a little time to assemble a ubuntu box to exchange for a non-working box, if someone can't afford the parts to fix it, but really needs a computer. Saves a lot on recycling costs and doesn't cost me anything but a little time
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21 Oct 2010   #45
mr pc

Windows 7

This is what I hate about consumer electronics - so disposable (and sometimes built to have a half-life) and quickly becoming a huge environmental hazard. If we could start using alternatives to petro-chemicals and somehow find a way to successfully and securely recycle the delicate bits for new computers/devices.

So far I have kept my old computers running (OSX and Ubuntu) - so no extra waste. My sisters son's laptop somehow got a smashed screen so I removed it and they use a crt with the it, I call it the "ghetto-top" now. They returned their other computers to Best Buy

Here is one option - there are tons of children or poor families who would kill for an old machine that can get on the net and help with other simple computing/educational needs.

Computer recycling, refurbishing, sales to low income households, individuals and families
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21 Oct 2010   #46
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I give it to my computer club who either use it for training or give it to local charitable institutions - e.g. the local dawn center.
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21 Oct 2010   #47

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)

Unfortunately, even with a population of 165,000, there aren't any computer recycling businesses nearby and the local council doesn't provide anything other than a spot in the landfill. The nearest recycling program is 1700kms away!
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21 Oct 2010   #48

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?

If I buy hardware for my new machine, it then goes into my older machine thus upgrading it also, the parts left over are spare parts till needed.
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21 Oct 2010   #49

W7 Professional x64

I work with a company that recycles and reuses old PC's, etc. It's a great thing, and I donate 70% of my obsolete HW to them as well.
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