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Posted bynewsdee
Posted on10/23/08 07:21 PM

First option is do you need Windows at all?

Ubuntu is very user friendly. Downside, it's not Windows so he may think Win is a piece of crap when he has to use it :-)

Then I've done a lot of magic recoveries on old PCs using Spybot and Ad-aware.
They can install some protection scripts that help prevent some damage.

Removing IE and forcing to use Firefox is a very good idea. I would install adblock as well with an automatic subscription for filters.

I would also remove any chat programs (MSN, AIM, etc). He's probably too young to use them but just in case. Some of these can run in a browser.

Maybe captain obvious but turn on automatic upgrades in WIndows...

Not running as admin helps but some programs will attempt to get root privileges.
Spybot has a tool called TeaTimer that detects if changes are attempted to be done to the registry.

For games you could run emulators (consoles and DOS games). Bit old but he'll have a big library that is portable to any system.

Last but not least maybe let your kid install the PC... if he learns how to do it then he can wreck it all he wants and fix it :-)

[download a life]

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*Anyone have young kids?  SilentAce10/23/08 06:29 AM
.*Install Linux, use Windows in a VM  Halcyon10/23/08 10:33 PM
..*Of course you can  Snowball 210/23/08 11:48 PM
...*Dude  Halcyon10/24/08 06:29 PM
....*It's getting there (but it hasn't yet arrived)  Snowball 210/24/08 08:17 PM
.....*Re: It's getting there (but it hasn't yet arrived)  Halcyon10/27/08 00:49 AM
.*Re: Anyone have young kids?  VmprHntrD10/23/08 08:42 PM
..*Why don't you have a seat over there *nt*  wildcat10/23/08 09:23 PM
.*Re: Anyone have young kids?  Cereal Killer10/23/08 11:15 AM
..*yeah will probably do that -nt-  SilentAce10/23/08 12:03 PM
.*i would just buy a new machine for him.  Ti-BOne10/23/08 10:19 AM
.*3 solutions  newsdee10/23/08 09:07 AM
..*he is getting his own pc -mt- just wondering what now  SilentAce10/23/08 11:58 AM
....some more options  newsdee10/23/08 07:21 PM
....*Re: some more options  SilentAce10/23/08 07:36 PM
...*block ie, install firefox. -nt- problem solved. (for most part)  Ti-BOne10/23/08 01:11 PM
....*Re: block ie, install firefox. -nt- problem solved. (for most part)  itchyNADZ10/23/08 03:22 PM
.....*seems interesting -nt- maybe overkill but i will look into it  SilentAce10/23/08 07:01 PM
..*Don't forget the program Deep Freeze -nT-  itchyNADZ10/23/08 09:27 AM