Windows 10: What can I do with an old desktop PC ?

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  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1

    What can I do with an old desktop PC ?


    I bought a new Dell desktop six months ago to replace my six-year-old HP (i7-930, Win 7, 8 GB, 1000 + 500 GB drives).

    And I got a Lenovo laptop with dock to replace my wife's HP desktop (i3-540, Win 7, 4 GB, 640 GB drive).

    Unlike the many replaced desktops of the past that were only fit for the junk man, these are pretty decent ones.

    So ... what could I do with them?
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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2

    While I am writing this, I actually have two PCs and one older laptop in the closet. I have variously considered using one or more for File Servers, Backup storage for Macrium Reflect images of my production PCs, and even Home Media servers for when the grandkids come to visit. Since none of these ideas is urgent, yet, (I have loads of storage drives and Cloud storage) I actually have yet to implement any of my own suggestions. Just some food for thought to share with you...
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  3. Posts : 148
    Windows 10-Pro 64bit
       2 Weeks Ago #3

    You could try to sell it to some poor student. Just don't price it too high.
    I have 7 computers all updated to Win10 & they are all 4-10 years old.
    Nobody seems to want them since the economy has recovered.
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4

    I use mine for backup storage and mess with Linux on them.
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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #5

    Good Day

    if they are still kicking try donating to a school or something, just clean the drives of any personal stuff.

    you know the kids will find it.

    DME
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  6. Posts : 443
    Win10 Home x64 - 1709
       2 Weeks Ago #6

    Send it to me ... it will be an upgrade from this old Gateway SX-2801 Desktop I have now ...
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  7.    2 Weeks Ago #7

    Well, if you haven't already done it,

    you could install something like MediaPortal on it and use it as the basis of your home's home entertainment center.
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  8. Posts : 2,110
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       2 Weeks Ago #8

    Eagle51 said: View Post
    Send it to me ... it will be an upgrade from this old Gateway SX-2801 Desktop I have now ...
    Hi,
    Well now I have your motherboard and a Q9550 cpu I'm not using plus 4x2gb's of crucial ram for it and 2 unused pretty good cpu coolers
    Too bad you don't show a region
    Q9550 is the best upgrade to that motherboard mine still worked very well before I retired it.
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  9.    2 Weeks Ago #9

    A media center is of no use to me. I don't watch TV. And my wife uses the DVR for whatever she needs.

    I guess the donation idea is best.
    Now ... how do I wipe my stuff off the drives?

    I know how to do a full wipe, but that would leave the PC with no OS. Not a very useful donation.
    I'd prefer to just delete all of "our files", and then do a wipe on all unused sectors. This would leave Windows intact.

    Suggestions?
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  10. Posts : 2,096
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       2 Weeks Ago #10

    I'd give them away to those in need if you don't want to keep them - but clean or remove the disks.

    I just dusted off my 2004 PC which I keep as a backup and I'm now using this museum piece to see how far I can push Windows 10. I spent the princely sum of 5 for a Windows 7 licence then upgraded it for free to Windows 10 Pro. See Windows 10 on 2004 PC?
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