All week I've been stuck in my office recovering a client's server (a client which doesn't monitor their backup status and hadn't gotten a viable backup in two weeks). So to pass the time I worked on a few projects of my own that I had been putting off. Recovering data from old PCs to one localized server, implementing a nComputing L300 Zero Client, rebuilding an old Nitix server for some web use, and, finally, fixing an old HP 520 Notebook. Found the 530 to have two bad sticks of RAM and a SMART 80GB hard drive with tons of problems. Swapped out the RAM with two known good 512's and put a 160GB Toshiba drive in. Burned W8-8250 to a DVD and threw it in. Lo and behold, it actually installed. So if anyone is wondering whether or not W8 will run on the bare requirements of processors and 1GB of RAM, I can easily vouch for it. Granted, I'm running a 120GB SSD and 4GB of RAM on W8-8400 now. But it's running just about the same as before, just a much faster start-up time (never clocked it but it seems around 15-20 second including login time). I'm a mobile tech of twelve years and I'm having a hard time adjusting to the change over. My assumption is that the "Start Menu" would be a fun touch screen feature, but I think I'll stick to XP or 7... And considering this driver availability for this 530, seems like I'm stuck with XP (because I'm certainly not putting Vista on it) If you can run Vista on it, you can almost certainly run 7 on it (the same drivers should work, and 7 is a bit lighter on the hardware as well).
I definitely considered it. Woudln't take much effort to load it up and try before XP. I think I'll probably stick with 7 anyways since 8-8400 was able to load up everything but the video driver with MS drivers. Would be nice to get a better performance score than 2.0 though.
And as an update to the laptop: Over the weekend I loaded up Oracle VirtualBox to let my 4 year old play his Qimo on it as a virtual machine. Runs without any issues. I'm also starting to get used to the layout. Not a big fan of the two separate web browsers. Especially since the enhanced one from the start menu isn't supported by Adobe yet. So YouTube is out.
Qimo: If you read that and wondered what I'm talking about, it's a Linux based OS made for kids 3 and up. No, I'm not going to preach Linux because I'm a devout Windows user. But if someone is going to make kid friendly OS that comes pre-loaded with educational games, who am I to deny my kids the opportunity to learn?