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RockyCp9 May 20th, 2018 08:18 PM

New (old) laptop
hey guys i recently came across a laptop laying around in the garage, it seems to have alot of issues and i do not have a disc to reinstall windows. It has Vista 32bit and it is very slow and laggy. Can you point me in the direction to cleaning it up to basically factory settings and all clean and clear of bugs? Thank you for your time in advanced.

RockyCp9 May 20th, 2018 08:19 PM

just trying to clean it up to use it as a little htpc for netflix and other videos/movies for the kids.

Murf May 21st, 2018 07:51 PM

Best bet is do a system restore.

Restore without installation CD/DVD

renegade600 May 21st, 2018 08:36 PM

may be able to do a factory restore without a disk. what is the full model number of the laptop.

RockyCp9 May 22nd, 2018 03:47 AM

Hi, thank you for the response. I attempted what you had suggested.
Got into Safe Mode with Command. Started a System Restore to 2008, but after about 15 minutes an "Unexpected Error Occurred." So, I attempted the same steps, but chose a date not so old. I had fingers crossed, but with my luck, the same "Unexpected Error Occurred."

So, I am feeling as though a System Restore is out of the option. Is it possible to just clean up the current install and everything. Make sure there is no viruses, spyware and/or malware? Clean it all up, delete and uninstall Programs that are not "Factory" or vital to the operation of the laptop.

There is an anti-virus program installed called "AVG Free Edition" but it has an error with no serial number, i have attempted to uninstall it but it gives a dll error.

Once again thank you for your time, advice and suggestions.

Murf May 22nd, 2018 11:35 PM

Try selecting "Last Known Configuration"

Once that is done you run scan on the drive to see if any of the operating files are corrupt.

1. Click on Start
2. Type command prompt or cmd in the search box
3. Right click Command Prompt and then click on Run as Administrator
4. At the command prompt (Blinking cursor) type the following command

sfc /scannow (space after c..../)

It will take awhile if there are corrupt files should fix them.

Once it is done reboot

AVG is a pretty good FREE virus program. I would download and reinstall over the top of itself.

Download and install the FREE VERSION, when it installs if you have a choice select custom and only install the anti-virus program. Some downloads want to install other crap like browser extensions...

Once it is installed do a complete scan.

Now you can clean up the drive

Right click Start then to Control Panel
Go to Programs and Features or Uninstall a program.
Find the program you want to uninstall, click it and select it then click Uninstall


Now run Disk Cleanup:

Right click the drive you want to clean and click on Properties
On the Properties dialog click Disk Cleanup
Click either My Files Only or Files from all Users on the Computer
On the Disk Cleanup TAB select the files to delete and then click OK

Itís okay to place check marks by all items. Those things wouldnít be listed if they were crucial to the computerís operation.

Thereís one exception to placing check marks by all the items, however: Hibernation File Cleaner. Do not remove that item if you use hibernation on your computer.


Now go in and stop programs from starting with Windows that you don't need. these programs start and run in the background and 90% you don't need. If the program is needed you run it from a desktop shortcut or the Programs Exe file.

Click Start > type in msconfig in the search box
Press enter to open

Click on the Startup TAB

All items checked start with Windows and can really slow down loading. There can be hundreds of different entires here. 95% u\you don't need.

The most common ones you do not need to start Windows are:

MS Office

There are several sources out there that will tell you what is needed/unneeded, one of them is:

One I have used over the years is VIPER

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