I wasn't sure where exactly to post this, but this section seemed the most appropriate.
Basically I just want to improve performance on my laptop to last for the next year or so. Then I'll probably get a Mac for college, though I'd probably keep this around.
A old-ish Sony Vaio, from early '05, I believe.
I'm very certain that it's clean, since I've run avast!, Malwarebytes, and SuperAnti Spyware all within the last few days.
I spent some time yesterday uninstalling old programs I don't use anymore. As far as I know, just Disk Cleanup and a defrag are what I have left to do.
It also occurred to me that I'd like to reduce the number of processes I get, and clean up the registry, though I'm not really sure how to do that, and I'd rather not risk messing up by doing it without any idea of what I'm doing.
As of this moment, I have 28 processes, minus 1 without the task manager.
So, what can I do to improve?
P.S. I just thought of something else, that doesn't happen very often, as I usually put my comp on standby. When I turn my comp on, I get a message, "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services encountered a problem and needed to close."
I had this a long time ago, I think, then I found this MS patch that fixed it for a good while, but then it came back. It isn't too much hassle, it just pops up, I click "Ok" it comes up with a Report Error box, I click no, repeat about 10 times, and then everything is fine.