I have been using Windows 8.1 Update 1 for a week now on my older computer. Update 1 for Windows 8.1 is a free Update which you can download for Windows 8.1 from Windows Update. Update 1 is design to make Windows 8.1 run better on slower computers like tablets, and netbooks. It will also make using Windows easier on desktop and laptop computers which use keyboard and mouse for typing, and using programs.

If you already have Windows 8.1 installed on your computer, you can download Update 1 for Windows 8.1 for free by using Windows Update which is found in your PC settings, or the Control Panel in Windows Explorer.

You would need to install Windows 8.1 for free from the Windows 8 App Store found on the Start Screen before you can install Update 1 if you are still using Windows 8 instead of 8.1 . Windows 8.1 and Update 1 are both free if your computer is using Windows 8. But, if you are using Windows 7, you would need to upgrade your computer to Windows 8.1 by buying the Windows 8.1 install disc which cost $99 and up depending on the version.

Windows 8.1 with Update 1 runs fast on my older year 2007 computer with only 1GB of RAM, a Dual-Core 1.86 GHz CPU, and 320GB hard drive. I mostly use my desktop computer for using Firefox web browser, and Firefox runs pretty smoothly in Windows 8.1 with all the latest updates, and Update 1 installed on Windows. Windows 8.1 with Update 1 runs faster than Windows Vista and 7 on my old computer from 2007, and 8.1 uses less RAM than 7, so my computer runs faster because it does not run out of RAM as often in Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 with Update 1 also did not break down while I use it everyday since it released a week a go, so it is reliable for a Windows operating system.

After logging into Windows 8.1, the Task Manager Program in Windows say it uses under 500MB of RAM, and 1-5% CPU cycles. The low resource usage of Windows mean I have more free RAM, and CPU cycles which I can use for running programs, and games.

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I have been using the Raspberry Pi Model B for doing many fun activities like watching video, listening to music, browsing the web, etc. The Raspberry Pi uses very little power, and makes very little noise because it uses a cell phone Micro USB power adapter for power, and it’s CPU, RAM, and other parts are mostly from Cell phones which don’t use a lot of power. The Pi being noiseless, and power efficient would save you money on your power bill when you use the Pi for less intensive tasks which the Pi can handle to do like listening to music, watching video, playing older games, word processing, basic web browsing, and office work.

 

The Raspberry Pi’s compatible operating systems which include Rasbian, Rasbmc,  OpenElec, RISC OS, Arch Linux, Puppy Linux, Pidora, and other operating systems for the Pi are all free because most of them are based on Linux which is free and opensource.

Most of the operating systems fit on a 2-4GB  SD Card. You can also use programs like NOOBS or BerryBoot to install multiple operating systems on a 8GB or larger SD card, so you can use more operating systems on the Pi with the same SD card instead of buying 2 or more SD cards to use different OSes on the Pi.
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Lubuntu 13.10

I have mainly been using Lubuntu 13.10 on my desktop computer for many months, and it works great as a fast, lightweight, simple, and stable desktop operating system based on Ubuntu Linux.  I mainly use my Lubuntu based computer for web browsing, typing documents, watching videos, listening to music, image editing, gaming, and other daily tasks which I do on my computer. Lubuntu has work great as a free Ubuntu Linux 13.10 based operating system. When I use Lubuntu it rarely slows down, or crashes even on my older computer with a 1.86 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and Nvidia GT 610 video card.  Lubuntu startup, and shutdown pretty quickly on my PC. It takes under a minute to start-up Lubuntu, and a few seconds to shut it down. It also wakes from sleep mode in a few seconds. The main reason Lubuntu is faster than many other operating systems is because it uses the LXDE desktop environment which uses less system resources like RAM, CPU, and video card resources, so it runs faster. LXDE also uses less battery life/power, so you would have longer battery life if you installed Lubuntu onto a laptop, and you’ll also save a little money on electricity because LXDE uses less electricity because the LXDE desktop environment, and Lubuntu are designed to run quickly even on older computers, so it won’t use much system resources on new computers, and older less power hungry PCs can run Lubuntu without the need for upgrades like a faster CPU, more RAM, and a faster video card which would use more electricity.

Lubuntu also only uses 130-140MB of RAM, and  1-5% of CPU  according to the Task Manager program in Lubuntu after I log into Lubuntu with my user account. Lubuntu uses less RAM and CPU compared to Ubuntu, and is a little faster than Ubuntu with the Unity desktop environment.

Installing Lubuntu on a computer is pretty simple in my experience. All I have to do is put the Lubuntu Install disc into my PC disc drive, and restart my computer. When the Lubuntu install disc is loaded, I just follow the on-screen instruction to install Lubuntu onto my computer. I can also try out Lubuntu from the Disc before I decide if I want to install Lubuntu on my PC. You can even use Lubuntu by just starting it from the install disc, but none of your settings, files you download, and files created with programs like text editors will be save when you turn off or restart your computer unless you backup the files to an external USB flash drive, hard drive, or online. During the installation, I need to make a user account, and choose if I want to install Lubuntu alongside another operating system like Windows, use the entire drive for Lubuntu, etc. Installation takes less than a hour in my experience.

After installing Lubuntu, my speakers, monitor, internet, keyboard, mouse, and other accessories work with Lubuntu without any need to adjust any settings.

The user interface design of Lubuntu is similar to Windows 95-2000, so there is almost no learning curve for learning how to use Lubuntu because Lubuntu has an application/program launcher on the bottom left of the desktop like Windows 95-7, and it uses Windows which are resize-able, and can be minimize. [click to continue…]

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