Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 13 – Save your old computers

Part thirteen of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools, based on my BETT 2010 presentation.
Good news, my counting was hopeless, and my Top 10 tips actually contain 14 Top ICT Money Saving Tips. So there’s one more to come after this one


Last summer, I wrote a blog post called “What does Windows 7 run on?”, which took a very early look at what computers people were running Windows 7 on. And the answer appeared to be that it coped with older hardware much better than previous versions of Windows. (Like me, I’m sure you’ll remember the days when a new version of Windows meant you needed to upgrade your own computer too).

And a little later in June, PC World created an article with the headline “Windows 7 Hits a New Low”, which made exactly the same point (my heart sank when I saw the headline, until I read the article and realised it was actually being positive about Windows 7).

So the message was clear – Windows 7 was going to allow you to sweep up lots of older equipment and get it all onto the same version of Windows. Something that’s a big win for a network maanger

Then the forums on got going, and started dragging old computers out of cupboards to have a go at installing Windows 7. My favourite is the one that started the whole thread off – a Pentium 2 266MHz processor with 128MB of RAM had somehow managed to run it, with a Windows Experience Index of 1.0 (I guess it got 1 because the scale didn’t start at zero!).

Now, there is a minimum specification for Windows 7 system requirements, which is 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and at least 16 GB of hard disk, and I can’t recommend you straying below that. But it certainly seems to be the case that with Windows 7 you are likely to be able to use quite a lot of your older equipment in school.

The management time saved by having every computer on the same version of Windows, combined with some of the ways Windows 7 saves energy, means that there a few good reasons to think about making the move sooner rather than later.

And there’s money to be saved by not having to buy new computers, as well as reducing your power bill, and saving your time.

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