Musical Instruments From Old Computers

With the upcoming end of support for Windows 7, there are a lot of perfectly good computers, that will no longer be safe for reading e-mail, or browsing the Internet.

If you can upgrade them to Windows 10, no problem. But a lot of those computers can’t be upgraded to Windows 10.

Some of those computers will run modern versions of Linux, so again, if you install Linux on them, no problem.

Although many Linux distributions are abandoning support of 32-bit machines, Debian, and Lubuntu still support them.

But that still leaves a lot of computers that are no longer safe to use as you normally would, and it seems a shame to have to junk a perfectly good, working computer.

A lot of you may have gone through this same thing before, when support of Windows XP ended. This article applies to those machines too.

This also applies to Windows 7 machines that don’t have enough memory to install system updates.


32-bit machine, can't upgrade to Windows 10, but runs Windows XP and Linux (Debian 10)


32-bit desktop, can't upgrade to Windows 10, but runs Linux (Lubuntu 18.04)

Fortunately, there’s still good use for these computers.

If you can install Linux on these machines, it is a modern operating system, and probably more secure than Windows, so you can go on using them on the Internet, or reading e-mail on them.

But there are some machines that are not supported even by Linux. What about those machines?

If you don’t connect these computers to the Internet, or browse e-mail with them, they’re perfectly safe, and you can continue to use them.

We have a number of test machines that fall into that category, and where we don’t browse the Internet or read e-mail with them, they still work fine, and are useful to us, years beyond when support for them ended.

One good use for these machines, is as a musical instrument.

If you have a family, and other family members want to practice music on the computer, having to share your primary computer for such music practice, may cause conflicting demands for the same computer. But by using older machines for musical instruments, this conflict can be avoided.

The KeyMusician Keyboard is designed to run on, and is tested on, older, slower computers too.

We also still provide install-files for Windows XP, and Vista, so you can install it on such no-longer-supported machines. The same is true for 32-bit Mac OS X machines (10.6.8 – Snow Leapard).

So, install the KeyMusician Keyboard on one of these obsolete machines, and presto, change-o, you have a perfectly good musical instrument.

On old machines, there is a risk that the hard-disk will fail, and I do take that into consideration. But so far, none of my older machines has failed (yet) for that reason.

The Internet browsers of some old machines are not able to access modern web-sites with SSL encryption (such as https://keymusician.com), but no problem – simply download the proper install file for the old machine, using your new machine, copy it to a thumb-drive (USB flash-drive), and copy it from the thumb-drive to the old machine, where you can install it.

You can even download the installer to an Android phone, and then connect the phone to the old machine as a USB disk drive, and copy it from the phone to the computer, where it can then be installed.

So don’t junk your obsolete computers – convert them into performance-quality musical instruments, using the KeyMusician Keyboard application!

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