Windows Vista Trouble

By pcman2k10
Sep 13, 2009
  1. My Laptop doesn't work Like new no more I want to know can I use a different windows vista disk to reinstall with my product key or will the activation not work right
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Please explain "doesn't work like new no more."
  3. pcman2k10

    pcman2k10 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    it's starting to work slow and some programs from acer java sliverlight won't install at all so I want to reinstall but I can't find the recovery disk and wanted to uae a friend's but not sure of the activation process
  4. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Booster Posts: 101

    Yes it should be fine. Although your computer may have came with a recovery partition which can be used to format and reinstall Vista (usually you'd have to press an F-key at startup). While formatting and reinstalling Windows is the best way to make your laptop work like new again, you may prefer just to fix up your current installation.

    1. Disable Startup Programs
    Start > Run (or Windows Key+R)
    Type 'msconfig' without the quotes
    Press Enter
    Go to the Statup tab
    You can literally uncheck everything, you can always come back to check off programs you want to start.

    2. Disable Unneeded Services
    Return to msconfig.
    Go to the Services tab.
    In the bottom left, check the checkbox 'Hide all Microsoft Services".

    You may disable all these services, although you may want to keep your anti-virus and firewall services running.

    3. Scan and remove malware
    Download the program Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware:

    Install and run a full scan. Be patient, this can take a long time to complete.

    4. Uninstall Unused Programs
    Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program

    There are probably a lot of programs you could uninstall, including many that likely came preinstalled with your computer.

    5. Cleanup Temporary Files
    Download CCleaner and use it to delete temporary files from various programs.

    6. Disable Visuals
    My Computer > Properties > Advanced System Setting
    Under Performance select Settings
    To disable all visuals for better performance, select 'Adjust for best performance'.
    If you prefer you can hand pick what you want to use for Visual Effects.
    Click Apply.

    7. Defragment your harddrive
    Overtime your computer will become slower as a result of a fragmented harddrive. This is a result of everyday computer usage.

    My Computer > Right click and select Properties on your C drive
    Select the Tools tab > Under Defragmentation select Defragment Now

    Select your C drive > Click Defragment disk

    This operation may take a while to complete, be patient.

    8. Restart Your Computer
    Restart your computer and see if your computer runs better. If you find it's still running slower than it should, cleaning your registry with a registry cleaning program may help. Another thing is that you may be running a resource killing anti-virus or firewall. To find out you can disable it/them from starting up, if you notice a significant improvement, look for an alternative firewall or anti-virus.
  5. pcman2k10

    pcman2k10 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did all that but not working so I want to reinstall but want to make sure I can do it and activate it too
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Have you considered that you might be infected? Have you scanned for possible infections?
  7. pcman2k10

    pcman2k10 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Did that too no malware/viruses found
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