Posted 29 November 2007 - 12:28 AM
So - since I am the resident Techie in our office I have decided I HAVE to learn Windows Vista. We have at least 4 laptops running Vista, and the owners were not up to speed on XP. Now they have Vista and they all come to me with questions.
No problem - I like learning new things and always expanding my knowledge. Anyway - so far I am actually impressed with what I have learned. I was frustrated with it at first. But sitting down, taking the time, and actually LEARNING all the new things - it is pretty cool.
OK - so there are still frustrations. One of the owners of the Vista laptops let me bring one home and use it to learn. The first thing that happened when I turned it on was that I got a message that said "Window failed to start. Would you like to restore?"..well, something to that effect. The owner has been having non-stop trouble with this computer. I got it restored, started up, and finally online. After NUMEROUS updates and restarts, and an hour and a half, I'm finally online and typing to you.
Here's my first question: Do I need to have all these programs running? It is running Windows Defender, PC Tools Firewall Plus, and AVG. I haven't yet looked over the programs, and I don't know what comes as part of Vista's security package. I'm not familiar with that portion of the new OS.
I know these are part of why it is running SO slow and why we have trouble getting online most of the time. How else can I streamline this computer to make it faster and more efficient? How can I trim it down and make it run leaner?
By the way - the computer is a Dell Inspiron 1501. It has an AMD Sempron Processor 3500+, 1.80 GHz, and here's part of the problem - only 446 MB of memory. EEEWWWWW! Guess we gotta change that! 32-bit Operating System. It is Vista Home Basic. The owner got it in March of this year.
Thanks! I know this is a long one. I appreciate you reading and any suggestions.