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Old 14 October 2013, 18:15   #11
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Another option is to go for a more modern cheap laptop with an up to date spec which will save you hours of messing about. A backup of data on a mobile hard drive and transfer to the new machine will transfer your files.

There are lots of pros/cons re cost and time. No real answer. Vista was not the best and support for it is reducing. Downside of using win 7 is that not all accessories (scanners / printers etc) will work.

All depends what you need to do with it really
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Old 14 October 2013, 18:24   #12
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I've an old Acer laptop - running vista . It works fine , but has with age slowed considerably - I must have got it in 2005 ish ?

There is nothing on it I want or need - so I'm wondering if its possible to wipe everything from it , install windows again and make it OK for browsing only ...

Any suggestions how I'd do this ? ( I don't have any windows discs etc as I think the ex had them) .....not overly fussed about which version of windows, but I've got the time to try it if I had some better idea of how to do it and what I'd need.
Is there not an acer utility tool to make a recovery disk?

Is the Microsoft key not on the laptop underneath?

Ask LongJohn to help you he's a clever IT chappie near you

Your such a Luddite
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ccleaner is good - removes crap from computer
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I work in this field too and one of the bests tools I have is a copy of Hirens BootCD on a USB key. It has loads of useful utilities on for cleaning up drives or alternatively just booting from it if you just need to browse t'internet.

I'd agree about not re-installing Vista if you can avoid it. Only marginally better than Windows ME Ubuntu would be a good alternative.
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Is there not an acer utility tool to make a recovery disk?

Is the Microsoft key not on the laptop underneath?

Ask LongJohn to help you he's a clever IT chappie near you

Your such a Luddite
Ditch Vista!! - it was one of the worst versions of Windows ever (ME probably being the worst). You can give the laptop a whole new lease of surprisingly fast life by replacing the hard-drive with a Solid State Drive - but you will need at least Windows 7 (OEM is cheapest) for an SSD to work effectively and at least 1Gb of ram but preferably 2gb. Thus equipped you will be amazed at how fast the machine will boot (almost instantaneous) & work. If your processor is 64bit capable (eg Intel core 2 and above - NB NOT core duo) go for the 64bit versions of Windows 7 or 8

A 120gb drive is ample for normal use not requiring large amounts of storage for music & video

CT120M500SSD1 - 120GB, 2.5-inch Solid State Drive , from Crucial.com
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Wi.../dp/B004Q0PT3I
Buy Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade online at John Lewis

Failing buying the new hardware revert to Windows XP with the existing hardware setup - if you have an old version of that hanging around.

Give me a PM if you require help - probably have the older version of Windows hanging around as well.....

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On the subject of recovery disks: you might find there's a hidden recovery partition on the hard drive. If so there will be a recovery option during the very early stages of booting up (before the windows logo appears). It''ll say something like "Hit del for setup or f11 to recover factory defaults". If you take the f11 option it'll guide you through the process of returning the machine to how it was at purchase.

I suspect that Linux is probably still a little too much like hard work for you given the content of your posts (no disrespect intended).
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If you use outlook for email make sure you back up your email folders and this would suggest staying with a Microsoft product. Ideally can you find someone nearby to help you with the backup, deleting and improving, so you don't lose anything important?
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Try running Glary Utilities and CCleaner first; it is sometimes remarkable how much of a tidy up these applications can do for speeding up a PC.
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Thanks for the advice ( except AJs.....) , however as I am a 'ludite' the windows key has rubbed off the sticker a long time ago.

There are 'two' disks ( A & D ) both showing approx 70GB memery ( I guess its the same physical disk but split ? ) - D is virtually empty , but C drive is showing still as having about 30GB of something on it - despite me deleting everything in site and the installed programs are no way that size - so I'm left wondering what that 30GB is .

So having a go at deleting programs and then defragmenting disk is my route today. Once Ive done this I'll try some of the programs suggested - but my aim is to spend no money at all.

John - thanks for PM I may well call in the next day - it has 2GB of RAM but is a core duo . There is nothing on the machine I want to keep ( I moved everything across at the end of last year when I got an 8GB RAM i7 machine to do the stuff that needs faster processing etc ), so no outlook or anything else to worry about.

I'll repost with how things are going .....
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If this is not your primary PC then I would seriously look at Linux Ubuntu. Check out the online demos and see what it can do. It looks a bit different but will make your old laptop boot quick and go much quicker. You can install open office software, web browsers, anti virus, PDF progs etc all for free. It isn't too daunting to do especially if you don't need to keep anything. Good luck!!
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