03 March 2017

A new (old) laptop

I recently decided it was time to upgrade my laptop, so I am now the proud owner of a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad X230. This is a slightly newer model than my old machine (an X220, also refurbished, which I’ve had for four years), but it is sufficiently similar that the transition process was more or less painless.

The most noticeable differences are the chiclet keyboard, which replaces the wonderful mechanical keyboard that used to set Lenovo laptops apart. I miss the embedded numeric keyboard, but this is still a very good keyboard. The screen is, I think, marginally better, and this model has a fingerprint reader. Importantly, it seems as solidly built as its predecessors (which is why I have been using Thinkpads since the days of the IBM Thinkpad X40).

This laptop came with Windows 10 Professional already installed (its predecessor was gradually upgraded from XP to Win7 to Win10), but without the usual Lenovo add-ons. As a result, it seems to boot up much more smoothly than the old machine. This also gave me the opportunity to think about what I really needed to instal. So one or two legacy programs which have been with me since the days of XP have bitten the dust,  in particular Launchy and Ultramon (both seem to be adequately replaced by commands using the Win key).

Of course there were one or two ancient programs that I absolutely needed to have, specifically Quicken 2004 (a handy personal accounts program; I would upgrade it but for some reason Intuit don’t sell its more recent versions in the UK) and Idealist 3 (which I have mentioned more than once).

Installing Quicken 2004 on Windows 10

You will need the installation disk and a copy of the Quicken directory from your old computer.

(1) Run the installation disk in the usual way. This will instal Quicken, but it won’t work because of missing dlls.

(2) Copy the old (working) Quicken directory to the location of Quicken on your new laptop.

And that should be that.

Installing Blackwell/Bekon Idealist 3 on Windows 10

The installation program won’t work on 64-bit systems. But installing it is very simple:

Copy the Idealist directory from your old system and paste it into an appropriate place on the new system. Create a shortcut and (importantly) set compatibility in the Properties folder to something like Win95 or Win98.