Need to do a cleanup on Windows Vista

By jdclyde ·
A friend asked me to look at her daughters laptop, (I of course said yes). Turns out the puppy is running Vista. Let me start by saying I have not worked with Vista for more than 10 minutes before this.

It is an HP Pavilian DV6000 running Home Premium.

The first thing I went to look at was to see if there is an MSCONFIG to look at what is starting up. Is there a new way to check this?

Protection: It is running the Norton Protection Center, which of course is expired. What do you recommend? The plan is to uninstall and install AVG.

but how about malware? What packages would you recommend for vista? Both, to do a one time scan to check for bugs, and two, a long term solution to keep scanning as life goes on.

I see it has 1 gig of ram. Guess I should check into what it would take to get that bumped up to 2 gigs, huh?

Any other cleanup/optimization tips for Vista you can give?

She has two girls, and each has the same laptop, so will be repeating these steps again in a week.

Thanks all. I am probably going to get a pizza out of this!


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still not done

by jdclyde In reply to Over night should have be ...

and it is pretty annoying.

the stupid HP Total Care Advisor is running, so I am going to kill that bad boy....

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Try defragging from safe mode...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to How long should Defrag ta ...

should help. Also, disable any desktop background, screensaver, etc..


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by jdclyde In reply to Need to do a cleanup on W ...

Does that mean it is a dummy battery, and the actual battery for this system is an additional purchase????

Anyone know about this?

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by TheChas In reply to THE BATTERY HAS NO CONTAC ...

Most laptops now use a connector for the battery rather than two or 3 wide contacts. There are still contacts, they are just a lot smaller and may be hard to see in the connector body.

While you still only need 2 contacts for power, the newer types of batteries need more connections to monitor the charge state and temperature of the cells in the pack.


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