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New laptop, slow Vista

By macx
Feb 22, 2008
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  1. Friend of mine just bought a pretty well optioned laptop - 3G Ram, etc.

    Vista (not sure which Version - I just read that post about "which version
    is right for you" which I am forwarding to him)

    He says it takes at least two minutes to open.

    Actually, this is the 2nd person I know with a new laptop and a slow Vista.
    The other one, though, only has 256 ram - his wife bought it for him and
    she was apparently unaware of a number of needful things. Anyway -

    I know just about enuf to be dangerous, so decided to come to the experts -

    (I've been wondering, myself, how to prevent a number of app's that open
    automatically every time I boot in XP Home sp2, I think I found that answer though)

    He's got a couple decent security programs, but not near enough of them.
    I'm of course most highly recommending this forum to him, which BTW has
    been of so much help to me the past couple years from a security standpoint!
    (We found on the other guy's Vista that Zone Alarm doesn't work on Vista)

    It seems I read someplace recently about a few simple tips on how to speed
    Vista up, did a Google and of course got way too many hits, many of which
    at least sound suspicious - little apps (of course for sale) that supposedly
    do this or that.

    As always, really appreciate your help!
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    If he has anything from Norton or Symantec installed on that system, get rid of it & upgrade to something better. That alone should speed up the laptop's functions by quite a bit.
  3. N3051M

    N3051M TS Rookie Posts: 2,800

    2 minutes from bootup to windows does seem a bit wierd.. is that from the login time to desktop or from booting up to login screen?

    look at the programs installed on the system and then look at the programs that are automatically starting up. Most can be turned off or get rid off, others cna be set to manual for booting up.
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