Microsoft launches free Windows Thin PC, helps repurpose old systems as thin clients

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  1. honey01

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  2. BuonaDomenica

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    so what this mean? I can install this on my old Pentium III clunker computer?
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  3. Stannieman

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    Looks like they took the download page down. Even the link to it on the website doesn't work anymore.
    Do you know what the system requirements are?
     
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  6. BuonaDomenica

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    thanks for finding the system requirements. I guess my stone age PIII desktop will stay with XP then. Even if the computer meets the system requirement it would still be slow or too limited what you could do with the pc.
     
  7. sebus

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    It would not, it is NOT supposed to be used as computer any more, but Thin client that normally runs RDP sesion

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  8. Stannieman

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    Well, I'm downloading it and will see if it's heavy. Win7 can run on 512MB ram, and this has the same requierments, bit is lighter than win7 itself. So who knows...
    But my stoneage one will stick to winflp

    EDIT: Dammit, can't test it cause vmware causes a bsod
     
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    How would I go about product activation? Daz loader doesn't work. Looks like it requires a VL key.
     
  10. WinFLP

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    Being as it's my user name, I'm glad they upgraded Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs, to the new version
    Windows 7 Barebones edition for sh***y PCs

    It's too bad Microsoft really sucks at product names.

    Win 7 will run on PIII with 512MB RAM, better than the latest versions of Ubuntu. I ran into some minor problems when trying to run Win7 on a PIII:
    -It doesn't like the ACPI in some computers and refuses to attempt to boot
    -Video drivers for i815 were included in XP, not available for Win7, so I had to load a Win2K driver.
    -Network driver I also had to load a Win2K driver
    -Windows update found the sound.

    My experience with WinFLP is that it isn't really good as a general purpose OS. The only benefit it has over XP is disk space, and with XP requiring 1.2GB, my old crumby PIIs have 4GB+ so it wasn't the limiting factor. On crumby old computers with XP the best bet is to minimize background services and third party apps, and I suspect for WinTPC.

    On my WebDT tablet WinFLP isn't small enough anyways, so I had to nlite it up myself.
     
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    I don't think this is WFLP2. At least WFLP let you install programs on it, save stuff to it, etc. This sounds like a glorified RD client.
     
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    Finally found the problem with vmware, it's time to play with this thing now

    EDIT: Sorry timster, it appears te be a modded version of embedded standard, so you were right.
    And it looks like it can run apps and so on, so this can be used as replacement for winflp.
     
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    Actually this definitely IS "WinFLP 2.0". You can install programs, save stuff, etc. You CAN turn off local saving for a true thin client experience but by default it is not turned off.
     
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    so, can i install stuff like office and else and use it on my old computer as a real workstation?
    what are the limits of this windows version? (except the obviuos, games and hevy graphics)
     
  15. Stannieman

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    I don't really know the limits, probably less build in apps.
    But I have winflp (xp version) running with firefix, office, all I need.
    I think it's especially MS software that possibly won't run, since they look at editions (for exaple MSE won't install), and software that requires some rare features.

    EDIT: I think that if windows 7 starter/home basic is enough for you, wintpc will also be enough. But it doesn't have locked wallpaper and other limits like max amount of programs running.
     
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    This is basically just the Think Client Option from the Embedded Standard release, which is making me wonder if they aren't going to scrap Embedded in favor for this sku, would make sense.


    Oh and btw.. Chew works
     
  17. Stannieman

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    I downloaded windows 7 standard sp1 today and it's even better than the original winflp (and this new thinpc). You can really choose every component you want to install, it's Microsoft's own nlite.
     
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    Sorry but I must ask you where we can choose which one components we like to install?
     
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    Or you can try here from Microsoft:
    Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1 Evaluation Edition
    microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6eb1cf27-c93e-4269-aaa6-770023c07b92