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Windows Vista v.6.0 on HP G60-123CL Notebook running very slowly


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#1 InquisitaB

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:28 PM

Startup takes forever and the overall running of applications is like watching paint dry.  I know it's an old computer/OS but I'm just curious if there is anything I might want to do to see if I can get it running a bit better.  Appreciate any assistance on this.



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 04:59 PM

I'm sure you will get some answers but Support for Vista is ending soon (April 2017) and therefore you might consider a new Operating System.  I don't know if it would be worth buying Windows 7 for that machine, especially if the Hardrive has lots of wear, and the processor is not all that powerful.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

 

Another option would be to install a free Linux OS on it.  This will be very different from Windows but will work very well on that pc.  

 

If you are interested go to the Linux Section and ask some questions.  Most importantly, the things you do the most, what is the most important functions you use daily.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/11/linux-unix/

 

Is this your exact pc?

http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01574162

 

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 08:26 PM

Thanks for the response.  That is my exact PC. 



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:55 PM

You might give this a read, I quite like it.  If you decide to move forward please ask questions first, it could save you some headaches.  As you will read, you can give a Linux OS a try without even installing, or effecting your Vista OS.  This is best done by using a program that will create a Linux Live Session that can be booted from a USB, or Burning the Linux iso Image to a DVD, but the USB will be a little faster running.  Neither will be as fast as when it is installed to the Hard Drive, but will give you an idea of just how good Linux is.  Also, it's is very easy and quick to install compared to Windows including Updates, quite Malware Resistant also.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/577719/never-tried-linux-before-read-this/


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Posted 09 October 2016 - 11:25 PM

I've looked into Linux on your suggestion and am looking at the Mint distro or the Puppy distro.  Which of the two would you recommend for someone going in for the first time?



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Posted 10 October 2016 - 09:50 AM

The Mint Distro would be much better as Puppy is a bit quirky imo and is kinda better suited for lower spec computers, but not always, some enthusiasts use it on their main pc's.  We will need to continue this in the Linux Section though as the Staff likes to keep Threads On Topic.  I will leave you with this:

 

1. I would go with Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" Cinnamon (64-bit) or Linux Mint Mate "Rosa" 17.3 - (64bit)

   

    a. Cinnamon is a little flashier with beautiful graphics.

   

    b. Mate will be a little easier on System Resources but a little less flashy. 

 

2. There is a newer version called "Sarah" Mint 18 that would be really good also, in the same two flavors.  I prefer to go with the one that's been around the longest for new users.

 

Just start a topic over in linux section and we'll link you to the appropriate download sites.  Include the Link I provided to your system specs, or provide them in text with System Information.

 

1.  Click on Start Menu.

 

2. Click on All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information.

 

3. Once you see the basic Info needed you can Highlight it and at top > Select Edit > Copy > Then Right Click Paste it to a Text Box or just in your next Post.  This will give the basic info needed.  Sometimes a link like I provided is not accurate as far as RAM and CPU etc. go.  Some pc's came with very different configurations per Model.

 

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