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Author Topic: Getting an ancient PC to work online  (Read 801 times)
VA3VF
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« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 11:33:03 AM »

That allows you to download it via another PC that runs Windows 7 or 10 that have their antivirus to check it out for malware, and then copy it to your old XP machine via a USB stick or CD-ROM and install it from there. My old Dell has USB. You can get downloads of other software from a reliable site that I've used for years, MajorGeeks.com. They have the option of DLing from their site or from the software author. They publish their lists daily, and you able to download the latest virus definition updates from AVG, Avast, Avira. etc. as packages so that you can keep up your software to date, but not having to connect to the internet to do so.


Depending on what is needed, one may also get portable versions from portableapps.com. Easier to maintain and update, as they have less dependencies, and ramifications across the PC.
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KM1H
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« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 12:02:09 PM »

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English is not my first language, so my reading comprehension ability is far from perfect.

Youre doing better than many on here.

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But I still maintain that while running Win XP today, and on old hardware, is doable, it doesn't take long before you run into difficulties.

It all depends upon the user and the PC. I have a more modern XP machine with SP4 and a dual core AMD that moves right along and is on the ham bench in the basement. I suspect the other one has the wrong motherboard architecture and if so I'll just have to figure a way around it; some of the programs were written on a 286 and 386 but most on an early Pentium One such as 90 mHz

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You said all you want is to download AVG, CCleaner etc. Can't you get the stuff on a flash drive/cd, and install them from there?

It is long before USB and Flash Drives came along. Id have to see if the BIOS or MB will accept it and then find an adapter to a PCI slot....that is a last resort if at all.
OTOH I can do it with the CD's on both PC's. That is on the menu for later or tomorrow, Im busy outside today.

Carl
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VA3VF
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« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 12:11:30 PM »

...some of the programs were written on a 286 and 386....

Now, that is old. Looks like you need a floppy drive.  Wink

It brings back memories of QEMM, and trying to squeeze extra memory from 640K of available RAM. I don't miss those days one bit. Angry
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