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hi need advice re laptop. current one is about 6yrs old and runs v v slow- to the point im ready to scream. it runs on windows vista and someone once told me to change to windows 8 would speed it up? …
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
hi need advice re laptop. current one is about 6yrs old and runs v v slow- to the point im ready to scream. it runs on windows vista and someone once told me to change to windows 8 would speed it up? also the battery is dead- can this b replaced cheaply? I store mostly photos on it but want to back them up somewhere as have a few usb pens for storage but they all mixed up. is it possible to get some kind of hard drive to attach to laptop? or is it better to back up online somehow and if so what is best placd to do this? thanks for any advice :-) failing all that any help on deals or what to look out for in a new laptop .....

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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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banned#1
I would scrap and get a new one. But depends on your financial situation
#2
Google external hard drive, or look on here fir various drives. Then Google cloud storage or bropbox.

Reinstall your software back to "factory setting", you can do this with your recovery discs yiy would have got or made when you got the laptop. Just google your laptop make and recovery. Then Google replacement battery and have a look online for prices.

That said, for around 250 I would replace the laptop.
#3
Run Speccy and post the information from the front page here like this.
https://www.piriform.com/media/11742/speccy1.png
That will give us a much better idea on why its slow and how much it would cost to upgrade.

Also what programs do you use? If you don't use anything exclusively Windows then going from Vista to Ubuntu will give a much better performance increase then Vista to W8.
#4
Same here op! I hate windows 8 tho so don't wanna buy a new laptop!
I just want to speed up my current one but don't know how?
I have run cc cleaner at someone's suggestion but don't know what else to do?
As you can probably tell, I'm not very computer savvy either which doesn't help!
#5
Backup the data and install Linux to make it run faster. Only any use if you don't need Windows-specific progtams though.
#6
ibblackberry1


Reinstall your software back to "factory setting",

or Linux

or

ebuyer have brand new laptops for £169

Edited By: allowed on Dec 22, 2014 10:48
#7
thanks all for the suggestions. im totally lost with all this computer stuff. tho I was thinking a new laptop would sting me a lot more money than you are all suggesting so maybe thatd b the easiest option and maybe wprk out as heap by time I do the battery and hard drive etc. ...tho that leaves me with the problem of how to transfer all my photos etc frim old one to new one lol
#8
There have been some great deals on laptops lately although you will have to bite the Windows 8 bullet. Unless you look at a chrome book plus an external or network (NAS) drive to back up your photos etc (or buy google's extended online storage or similar). Chromebook can be had for around £150 mark often, and there's an Amazon Warehouse deal on a Samsung chromebook at about £120 I've been sorely tempted by...
#9
Hi

My laptop a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pi 2515 is 7 years old and it's speed was improved by installing this SSD: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Series-256GB-Solid-State/dp/B009LI7CTY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1419252113&sr=8-2&keywords=samsung+pro+ssd and Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 is good if you boot to the desktop not the apps.
#10
best answer is restore to factory settings. It will run like it did on day 1.

use ONEDRIVE online to back everything up (30GB free)
#11
traythegreat
Same here op! I hate windows 8 tho so don't wanna buy a new laptop!
I just want to speed up my current one but don't know how?
I have run cc cleaner at someone's suggestion but don't know what else to do?
As you can probably tell, I'm not very computer savvy either which doesn't help!

There are several reasons it could be slow so without knowing anything about your laptop it's hard to give advice. As mentioned above give us some basic details about your laptop such as it's age, specification and which areas it's slow in otherwise we can't even guess why or how it's 'slow'.

allowed
ebuyer have brand new laptops for £169

Which haven't got much more poke than a six year old laptop, possibly less if it was a fast one at the time.

You're looking at £400-500 to get a laptop with mainstream processor and decent sized SSD.
#12
jazzuk777
There have been some great deals on laptops lately although you will have to bite the Windows 8 bullet. Unless you look at a chrome book plus an external or network (NAS) drive to back up your photos etc (or buy google's extended online storage or similar). Chromebook can be had for around £150 mark often, and there's an Amazon Warehouse deal on a Samsung chromebook at about £120 I've been sorely tempted by...

just install Drop box and upload all your photos or just get a memory stick. Wont be complicated in the slightest to get you photos across. And look on here a decent home use, nothing complicated laptop can be had for c£250.
#13
ibblackberry1
jazzuk777
There have been some great deals on laptops lately although you will have to bite the Windows 8 bullet. Unless you look at a chrome book plus an external or network (NAS) drive to back up your photos etc (or buy google's extended online storage or similar). Chromebook can be had for around £150 mark often, and there's an Amazon Warehouse deal on a Samsung chromebook at about £120 I've been sorely tempted by...

just install Drop box and upload all your photos or just get a memory stick. Wont be complicated in the slightest to get you photos across. And look on here a decent home use, nothing complicated laptop can be had for c£250.

is drop box an app?
(thanks for reply above :-))
#14
ecdc4
ibblackberry1
jazzuk777
There have been some great deals on laptops lately although you will have to bite the Windows 8 bullet. Unless you look at a chrome book plus an external or network (NAS) drive to back up your photos etc (or buy google's extended online storage or similar). Chromebook can be had for around £150 mark often, and there's an Amazon Warehouse deal on a Samsung chromebook at about £120 I've been sorely tempted by...

just install Drop box and upload all your photos or just get a memory stick. Wont be complicated in the slightest to get you photos across. And look on here a decent home use, nothing complicated laptop can be had for c£250.
is drop box an app?
(thanks for reply above :-))

Yeah its a free programme, widely used, I quite like it but if you Google 'free cloud storage' or something similar you will get alternatives. Google, Microsoft etc offer cloud storage.
#15
you can also upload all your photos to Flickr.
it offers 1TB of storage for free for photos. the downside is that if you want a few photos readily available you will need to download back one by one.

in addition to Dropbox, there's also OneDrive, Google Drive and Copy. all offer a good amount of storage for free.
#16
thanks all! as always u have been v helpful :-)
wishing u all a lovely cmas and a peaceful happy new yr :-)
#17
As a temporary solution, have you tried opening the laptop up and cleaning the fan. You wouldn't believe how much dust the insides of your laptop accumulate in 6 years. I've recently opened up an 8 year old laptop to clean it up and there was 1/8th of an inch of dust just blocking out the air vent (old design).
#18
You could take out the hard drive and put it in a caddy, making it work like a usb stick.
or
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer
should be a vista version on site too.
Your broadband router might have a usb slot for an external hard drive (my talktalk one does)
then you can find it in windows explorer and just copy stuff over

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