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#1 Jgill

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 06:44 PM

Good evening and thank you in advance for any help offered.  I'm throwing out the disclaimer that I am rusty in the computer world.  I have been in the mountains for a few years and I'm just getting reconnected. 

 

I recently acquried a hand-me-down Dell Inspiron 519. My goal with this computer is to run a facebook page for business (eventually a more sophisticated website) and maybe watch movies. Along with the online activities I would like to run my business and store the infromation. 

 

I'm looking for some assistance in trimming the fat already on the computer and not relavant. I would also like to make it as secure as possible to proctect any consumer information.  The computer did belong to a real estate agent so I'm sure there are some files and programs that just dont need to be there. 

 

If this is a problem you would like to tackle please let me know. And again thank you in advance.

 

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 02:33 AM

The best thing to do is start from scratch. You would need to reformat (Wipe out the drive and reinstall windows). What is the OS on this computer? If Windows 7, most Dell PCs have a recovery partition to wipe it back to factory defaults, thus getting rid of all the data. If not, you should be able to download a copy of your version of windows from Microsofts ISO Bank and burn the image file to a disk (Instructions are on Microsofts ISO Bank site). Then use the product key on the side/underside of the computer to re-activate windows. But lets start with what version of windows is on there now?


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 03:19 PM

Its Vista.  2007 says service pack 2.  I'm not that well versed but I am weary of the thought of being too bold.  I'm not sure I want to wipe it out completly and hope I can get it back. But I'm sure you would know better than I.

 

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