Replace Windows XP with Linux Mint 20 Cinnamon
The Lenovo 3000 c200 was running on Windows XP Professional edition. The Windows XP edition hasn’t received support since 2014.
So I have an old laptop with no hardware issues with an outdated operative system. What could I do?
I installed Linux Mint 20 Ulyana—Cinnamon edition on a Lenovo Laptop 3000 c200. It’s more than 7 years old.
According to the experts, the Linus Mint 20 Xfce edition is better for old computers. However, the laptop is working way better than with Windows XP.
Installing Linux Mint added more lifespan to this Lenovo 3000. It’s connecting to the Internet properly. Also, Linux Mint comes with Libre Office installed.
So the laptop is working to create documents with the Libre Office Software and surfing the net.
The battery life is one hour and it’s the original battery.
If you haven’t installed Linux before, don’t be afraid, it’s easier than I thought. I spent more time verifying the ISO than installing it.
I installed Linux Mint with a bootable USB stick. I followed the instructions on the Linux Mint site here.
There’s only one info I didn’t find out on the Linux Mint forum.
Going through the final step to verify the ISO on Windows my computer (a different laptop*) showed the following message:
“gpg is not recognized as an internal or external command”
I found the answer on this forum here.
It’s necessary to update the PATH variable. (Don’t ask me, I don’t know, lol)
1. Open up a command prompt window.
2. Paste this in:
SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\Program Files (x86)\GNU\GnuPG
3. Hit Enter.
That worked for me.
*Verify the ISO on an updated computer. I couldn’t verify the ISO on the laptop with Windows XP.
Overall, installing Linux on this old laptop increased the useful lifetime of the product. Also, it works great for simple tasks on Libre Office and Internet.