| 8:26 am on Jan 4, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Windows 7 has a lot more to offer than Windows 8.
| 12:19 pm on Jan 4, 2014 (gmt 0)|
For many non-internet facing tasks, the machine will have some value, but the potential secuirity vulnerabilities pretty much limit how it might be used facing the internet.
That said, I'm using a similar machine ax a mail server and it works a treat.
| 4:19 am on Jan 8, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Use it to run VM's of various Operating Systems and browser combinations. Various Internet Explorer versions (6/7/8) can be useful for customers insisting it look good on machines of this vintage. Older Firefox and Safari will run native on XP. Test users can 'Remote Desktop' (Terminal Server) into the box from remote locations - they don't have to sit in front of it.
XP also has the ability to IIS aka Internet Information Server so it can be used as a modest sided development environment for Windows hosted websites. Handy to throw up a temporary sub-domain that can easily handle ~10k hits per hour.
The IIS install will also include a small SMTP email server (MTA - no mailboxes) that can be handy for testing scripts that don't queue or retry sending.
| 5:59 am on Jan 12, 2014 (gmt 0)|
On April 8, 2014, Windows XP support will end. That means no more patches and no more security updates. If the machine won't be connected to the Internet you should be OK, but I wouldn't feel too safe otherwise running XP after support runs out.
Windows 7 or 8 would likely work fine with the hardware described.
| 2:28 pm on Jan 16, 2014 (gmt 0)|
What is the spec? 2Gb hard drives suggest its pretty old.
If its really low end you could use it as a home server, a firewall appliance, a mail server, etc. Not much point running Windows for those tasks though and a desktops power consumption may make running it expensive even if headless.
It may also make a web browsing kiosk for visitors - but XP will be a bit insecure for that after April.
Using it as a test machine may be useful, but I am not sure what it offers over running VM in a newer machine.
| 5:55 pm on Jan 16, 2014 (gmt 0)|
>What is the spec? 2Gb hard drives suggest its pretty old.
Whoops, should say 2tb, sorry.
Thanks for the ideas. I hate scrapping the hardware when it can be redeployed.
I'm going to migrate it away from XP to Windows 7 to give this machine a longer lifespan. There are just too many conflicts showing up with Win 8 when I run a scan.
I'll probably use it for some research projects where I can leave it with background tasks running, such as link research and spidering.
One other issue is video conversion, and I think it can also be put it to good use processing video files into different formats.
| 6:13 pm on Jan 16, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Would that be those new giga-meg modules I've (not) heard of? ;)
Any reason not to convert it to Linux? Better yet, to expand on Hoople's suggestion- just load VMWare (or another virtualization) and use it as a test environment with multiple VMs.
| 10:40 pm on Jan 16, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Piling on: Windows7 could be one of those VM's. Using Linux as the host OS for the VM's gives you a UNIX box for other testing uses.
You'd end up making a universal PC....with a Swiss Army Knife utility likeness :-)
| 5:17 pm on Jan 17, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Linux - well, I don't really have the time to mess with the system, and I really just want to take the safe route. It's a cop out, I know. I already have all the software that'll work with Win7.
| 10:10 pm on Jan 18, 2014 (gmt 0)|
If the hardware will support Win7 and you can get an OEM install, go for it. I have one of those, too... just not as "quick" as other systems, though gets the job done... in time (as in minutes opposed to seconds).
These days, these economies, it is tough to let good hardward (bit long in tooth) go when software/threat gets in the way.