How To Make Use of An Old PC or Laptop

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How To Make Use of An Old PC or Laptop

BEST USES FOR AN OLD LAPTOP: Do you have an old pc or laptop and didn’t know what to do with it. Here we are listing some awesome ways on How To Make Use of An Old PC or Laptop.

Create your own Chrome book:

Chrome books run Google’s cloud-based operating system, Chrome OS, which is very lightweight and uses web-based apps rather than the bloated desktop software you get with Windows.

This makes it ideal for older, lower-powered PC sand laptops–especially those running outdated software such as Windows XP.

You need an internet connection to use Chrome OS, but that shouldn’t be a problem because you can get online almost anywhere these days.

The easiest way to turn your old laptop into a Chrome-book is to install Cloud Ready: Home Edition (www.neverware.com).

This is a free build of Chromium OS (the open-source development version of Chrome OS) that’s specifically designed to run on home computers.

To get started, you need to write Cloud Ready to a USB flash drive, boot in to this and then install the OS on your laptop.

Cloud Ready can be set as your only Operating system, or you can opt to have it dual boot alongside Windows.

If you choose the latter option, you’ll need to select the operating system you want when starting your PC.

Give a Linux distro a try :

If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Windows user, Linux can seem mysterious and complicated, but while that may have been the case some years ago, it’s no longer true.

There are plenty of very good, very user-friendly Linux-based operating systems that aren’t that different to Windows.

Most people have heard of Ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com), but there are other choices worth considering, including Linux Mint(www.linuxmint.com), Feren OS (ferenos.weebly.com)and Elementary OS (elementary.io).

Many Linux distros (distributions) run very well on aging hardware, so installing one on an old laptop should not only work perfectly but will also let you try out the OS without the risk of overwriting Windows on your current PC.

Peppermint OS(peppermintos.com) is a great option –it provides all the benefits of Linux while offering a look and feel that’s similar to Windows, but with none of the Microsoft baggage.

Build a home-media center:

Excellent use for an old laptop is to turn it into a dedicated home-media centre.

The simplest way to do this is to install Kodi (kodi.tv), then use it to stream content over the internet and play videos and music stored locally on the laptop’s hard drive.

You can either watch your content on the PC’s monitor or connect the media center directly to your TV, provided it has an HDMI or DVI port.

If your PC is too old to have the required connectors, you can use an adapter to make it compatible. You’ll find adapters on Amazon and eBay for less than a tenner.

Kodi has received a lot of negative press for its ability to stream pirated content via third-party plugins, but you can easily stay on the right side of the law by just using it to play your own legal content.

There are lots of free programs that let you rip DVDs and videos to digital formats, such as MP4 or MKV(Matroska Video), of which our favourites are WinX DVD Ripper (www.winxdvd.com/dvd-ripper) and Make MKV (makemkv.com).

You’ll need a large hard drive (at least 4TB) to store all your videos–and bear in mind that ripped Blu-rays will be much larger than ripped DVDs.

Make your own NAS Drive:

NAS–or Network Attached Storage – is a system made up of one or more hard drives that act as a central repository for all your photos, videos, music and backups.

You can buy NAS devices, but these can be expensive, so if you have a spare laptop, try making your own using Free NAS (web.freenas.org).

This free software is based on Free BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), a Unix-like operating system. It runs directly from a USB flash drive that you plug into your computer.

There are two versions of Free NAS available –storage only; or storage, plugins and virtualization. The second option offers the most features, so we’d definitely recommend going for that –it’s free, after all.

An alternative system worth Considering is Windows Storage Spaces, which is a NAS-like feature built directly into Windows 10.Toget started with this, go to Start, Settings, System, Storage.

Click the ‘Manage Storage Spaces’ link under ‘More storage settings’ and, in the Control Panel window that opens, click the ‘Create a new pool and storage space’ link.

You’ll be presented with a list of formatted drives. Tick the ones you want to include as part of your storage pool.

Obviously, this option only works if your old laptop runs Windows 10.

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