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Old 14 October 2013, 15:28   #1
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Laptop stuff help please ...

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.
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Old 14 October 2013, 15:43   #2
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If you don't have the original Windows discs your options are somewhat limited. If you had the software you could reformat the hard disc which would effectively wipe it, then reinstall the software and start from scratch. This is on Ebay just now: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit Disc & Product Key,Original.

Have you tried deleting files and software in the control panel, then de-fragmenting the memory? Normally this feature is available with Norton anti-virus, etc.
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If you just want a basic operating system and an internet browser you could download one of the free Linux alternatives.
Ubuntu Meet Ubuntu | Ubuntu is said to be pretty slick!
You might be pleasantly surprised.

Some free OS's are suitable for running off a flash drive so you can boot off a memory stick and try them out before formatting your hard drive. Six Best Portable Operating Systems.

Depends on what else (programs) you want to run as to which will suit your needs the best.
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Does your drive have a C and a D drive. My Acer laptop does and nothing was on D.

I moved "My Pictures" to D (just dragged it). Windows knew where it went so was seamless. Gave me plenty of G's back and did make a difference.

Also finding Fireflox is crawlingly slow at the minute on it so I'm using Chrome which is playing nicer. Think its the ads on this site and another that kill it but not sure.
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Depending what you want it for you could convert it to Linux Ubuntu instead of windows (and it's free)
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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 ?
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If you don't want to mick about with new OS, then a scrub down removing all unnecessary software followed by a defrag can't hurt. Make sure you back up ALL your files beforehand. Security software can be a huge speed drain. I use Security Essentials everywhere and it's fast and so far, trouble free.

More than anything, look at the RAM and consider an upgrade. An extra couple of gigs is cheap and can speed up things now that so many programs are more memory hungry compared to when your laptop OS was issued.
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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
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If you don't want to mick about with new OS, then a scrub down removing all unnecessary software followed by a defrag can't hurt. Make sure you back up ALL your files beforehand. Security software can be a huge speed drain. I use Security Essentials everywhere and it's fast and so far, trouble free.

More than anything, look at the RAM and consider an upgrade. An extra couple of gigs is cheap and can speed up things now that so many programs are more memory hungry compared to when your laptop OS was issued.


Great points here also make sure you only ever have one anti virus program running at once.

I have seen computers running two or more at the same time they really don't like living with each other like that

+1 for security essentials..good free anti virus app that
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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 ?
Should do depends what you have installed etc... but usually the best way to speed it up is re installing..
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