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Old 03. Jan 2017, 06:56 PM   #21 (permalink)
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OK I 'll have a go at the Virtual Machine and see how it goes. But first....

1. Please recommend a few Linux Distros that are comparatively easier on the CPU, so that the Windows VM has a better chance to work properly (other than Q4OS which I am using in the other Laptop).

2. When the Windows VM is running what is the best freeware that I can I use to monitor the CPU temperature.

3. If I select the option in Linux to 'to install in the entire hard drive' does it do a secure wipe of the HDD? (because this laptop was being used by someone else)
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Old 04. Jan 2017, 09:34 AM   #22 (permalink)
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it's not so much, the Linux Distros ,
but their Desktop Environment:
EG: LinuxMint has several DEs
- cinnamon
- Kde
- Mate
- xfce

in order of the highest hardware requirement, to the lowest hardware requirement

you can get a few Linux Distros that are comparatively lightweight, as well:
antix.mepis.org/
and it's mid-weight cousin:
https://mxlinux.org/index.php

and there are others. as well.
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Old 04. Jan 2017, 02:21 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I use Puppy Linux as a host.
You need to monitor the temperature in the Host, so you want a Linux monitor
If you want it to wipe the drive it will. It is usualy an option. Be aware that a total wipe is rarely needed since once the indexes are wiped the only way to get at the data is quite involved. A full secure wipe will take many hours on a magnetic drive since several passes would be needed.
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Old 09. Jan 2017, 07:30 AM   #24 (permalink)
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"Thank you Pierre2 and Burn-IT.

I have been on DW looking at those with xfce, lxde and some other DEs that need minimum hardware resources to go with my 'poor' CPU. I have been using Windows 7 with this CPU for 5 years and it is just about manageable and certainly not 'house on fire' stuff. In fact W 7 says that 1 Ghz is the minimum CPU requirement for it. Since I hope to run W 7 on the VM, it leaves hardly any margin for the host Linux OS. MX Linux looks very tempting but seems a little too heavy to make W 7 work on it. At the moment it looks like Puppy Linux is the best compromise. Any further suggestions please?"
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