My father sent me his 1996 Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDS laptop to clean up. He had filled the hard drive and the computer was acting up. It has a Pentium 120 MHz, w/ 16MB RAM, 1.26GB hard drive, 800x600 passive matrix display and a CD-ROM drive.
All he says he wants to do is Word, Email and Internet.
I was able to free up 600 MB of space on the hard drive. There was only 65 MB left free when it got here. I deleted all the games. I deleted all the duplicate programs that everybody collects like two browsers and three email programs. I got rid of most of the advertising like AOL, AT&T and the like.
It had a 14.4K modem. I purchased a 56K modem. Although actual results vary with phone lines, this modem should be at least twice as fast.
It had 16 MB of RAM. I installed a 32 MB chip, which gives it a total of 48 MB RAM.
I kept the Windows 95 operating system because that is what it is licensed for and each new version of Windows is larger. It is known as “BloatWear”. I run ’98 but I have heard that some laptops don’t work well with ’98. I got everything out of the system tray and the start menu. I even prevented the Windows 95 logo at start-up. That saves 15 seconds at least.
I upgraded Office to Word 2000 and Excel 2000. It has IE5.5 now and Outlook Express 5. I thought it would be easier for him to use with a straight Microsoft package.
I bought WinCleaner 2000 and used it to clean up the registry, DLLs and all the other junk on the computer.
So I have stripped back the computer to a lean, mean, emailing machine.
Is there anything else I should address before sending it back to him?
What plug-ins should I install or avoid? Like Flash, Real, QuickTime?
How can I get rid of the User/Password dialogue box at Windows start-up?