Originally Posted by PeterM
Thanks all - so new operating systems seem too involved/ complex for me .
If I re-install windows ( say off that Ebay disk) - will that remove the 'stuff' that's on it ( hard disk wise and is slowing it down) ? Or am I confusing re-install with re-format ?
If I delete everything ( by way of docs/ files/ pics/ music) , uninstall all the rubbish the kids have put in it over the years, use the windows clean up and defragment tools....it might speed up ?
At last a subject im qualified to help with!
Before you try to re install windows be sure to back up anything you want to keep on a usb hard drive. When you do a re install you have the choice to wipe(format) or not to wipe... personally if it was me I wouldn't replace vista with vista in my opionion it was one of the worst operating systems ms produced.. You would be better off going to win 7 if your laptop can take it!
The other thing with a re install you need to make sure the drivers are download able from the Acer website for your laptop (drivers are bits of software that interface between the hardware and the opersting system)
If you post up details on your laptop I can have a look and see if there are drivers available..
The operating system install is not that hard to do it just sounds it... The key is preparation getting the drivers downloaded onto a cd or usb before you start.. making sure you have a backup. .
Also the comments regarding ram if your laptop has less than 2gb installed then get an upgrade fairly low cost from mr memory you should see an improvement