Old PC

5 years down the line your desktop PC which was once extremely fast and slim for every tasks, now has become sluggish. The reasons being- lots of upgrades, installation of various tools and features, and so on.

So what will you do? Thinking of buying a new model replacing the old one? Well, you have one more option. Try loading some light weight application tools in your old PC to make it alive and running smooth.

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Photo by kchbrown

So here are few lightweight tools which you can try as per your needs and make your sluggish machine to work absolutely fine.

Word Processing – AbiWord 2.6

AbiWord 2.6 is having more or less same functionality as of Microsoft Word 2003. Most of all, it is free and very light weight. It requires only 16MB of RAM, and it runs absolutely fine on Windows 2000 and upwards. In case, your machine have older version like Windows 98, you can choose earlier versions of AbiWord.

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Photo by DI.Abraham

The features such as paragraph alignment, basic character formatting, interactive rulers and tabs, spell checker, styles, undo and redo, cut and paste, replace and find, image support, and interfaces are all similar. Interesting thing is that it can import the Microsoft Word 97 and Rich Text Format (RTF) documents. Along with that it also supports the headers and footers, widow and orphan control, superscript and subscript, and the newspaper-style columns. There are many plug-ins available for it, however, the support for the tables are limited at present.

This open-source word processor is a very good alternative for Microsoft word for your older system.

  • Graphics – IrFanView 4.23

You can replace your Photoshop tools for IrfanView. It is an open source photo editor that you can choose for your underpowered platforms. It can save hundreds of image formats, along with the batch editing, cropping and resizing and various other built-in photo manipulation tools.

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Photo by Starzshine

It is fast and a very simple freeware image viewer as well as editor. It supports many major graphic formats, such as BMP, JPEG, DIB, GIF, animated GIF, PCX, PNG, multipage TIFF, TGA, and many more. It also features drag-and-drop support, TWAIN support, directory viewing, batch conversion, slide shows, and various adjustments such as cropping, blurring, sharpening, color depth, etc.

  • For Coding – NoteTab Light

Are you looking for some light weight coding tool? NoteTab Light is the answer. This is a text editor which is just perfect for working with a HTML and CSS. It also has features such as code snippets, auto-correction, and HTML tidying. It runs perfectly fine on Windows 98 and upwards. Explore the beautiful power of NoteTab Light in your old desktop. 

  • Email client- Popcorn 1.87

Popcorn is a very lightweight portable e-mail client for windows. It directly connects to the POP email account so that you can read your mail directly from the server. You can also use this e-mail client with your ISP service providers or other online mail providers that also uses POP3.

  • Web Browser – K-Meleon 1.5.2

K-Meleon has been built on the same browser as that of Firefox. It is one of the fastest browsers, quite customizable; above all it is very light web browser.  It is compatible with that of a Mozilla Bookmarks, and can run on a 486 PC with a 32MB of RAM.

  • Video – VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is very portable and one of the most popular one. It is absolutely perfect for your older system for playing MP3s and DVDs on any Pentium class computers.

  • System Maintenance – Ccleaner

Many tools that are available in the market for computer maintenance suffer from serious accumulation and which continuously demanding you to update and upgrading various components. However, CCleaner have no such problem. Run it, it then finds files you can delete, your job is done, once you delete those.

  • Sumatra PDF- A PDF Reader

Acrobat Reader is a free tool from Adobe for opening a PDF document. It is one of the most popular applications in the industry for a printed documentation. But this application hogs your PC resource like anything. But with Sumatra PDF, you need not have to worry. It is very fast loading and better alternative to Adobe’s PDF reader.

  • Instant Messaging – Pidgin

Pidgin, previously known as Gaim is an instant messaging client for Windows and BSD. Most interestingly, it is compatible with ICQ, MSN messenger, AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, and Zephyr networks. It is so user friendly that a Pidgin user can sign in to multiple accounts on various IM networks together. This means that you can chat with your friends on AOL Instant Messenger and simultaneously talking to another friend on Yahoo Messenger. Apart from all these, there are many popular features such as Buddy Pounces, it basically offers you with the ability to send a message, signs online, and plugins, and many more. And most importantly it saves your precious resources.

Comment (1)

  1. For me your article was very useful, on lightweight applications, since I have several computers that I have been replacing, on having bought more recent, nevertheless I believe that they can be used for other similar tasks choosing the correct programs.


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