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Do you have an old laptop lying around that you're not sure
what to do with? Windows
MultiPoint Server lets you turn that old laptop into a fully functioning
Windows user station – even if the old machine isn't actually up-to-date enough
to run current versions of Windows or other software.
How does this magic happen? Read on to learn how your
nonprofit, charity, or library can repurpose older machines as Windows
MultiPoint Server user stations.
Why Reuse Old
Reusing old computers makes both environmental and financial
sense. From an environmental perspective, a majority of the energy and fossil
fuels used by a computer are consumed during its initial manufacturing.
Extending the lifespan of a computer through reuse means more return on that
initial environmental cost.
From a financial perspective, reusing computers means your
organization saves money because you don't have to invest in new computers. Reusing
an old laptop as a MultiPoint Server user station also minimizes the hardware
costs associated with setting up a new user station, since you don't need
additional access devices to connect the laptop user station to the host
How It Works
When you reuse an old computer
as a MultiPoint user station, you usually do so by turning that old machine
into a "thin client."
Traditional thin clients are small
devices that let you access another computer or server. Thin client devices
have minimal internal memory, storage, and processing power, and they run
stripped down, basic versions of software. They don't need heavy-duty hardware
and software because another computer or server does all the hard work.
Older computers can also be
turned into thin clients. In a MultiPoint Server environment, your old computer
becomes a thin client user station, and it can offer a fully functioning
Windows user experience. This is true even if your computer is old and slow and
can't run full versions of Microsoft Office, Windows, or other software on its
What You'll Need
Here's everything you need to reuse your old computer:
What you don't need is lots of extra hardware. If you're repurposing
a laptop, the laptop comes with its own screen, keyboard, and pointing device
(though you are welcome to attach an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse to
the laptop). You also don't need any additional access
devices to connect
older computers to the Windows MultiPoint Server host computer.
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Ariel Gilbert-Knight is a Senior Content Developer for TechSoup