How to Do a System Restore in Vista This will show you how to do a System Restore to help you restore your computer's system files, programs, and registry settings to an earlier point in time. It will not affect your personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos, so it cannot help you...
Thanks. I am wading through that now. I was concerned because the HDD is churning. The system seems to operate well though. I booted a live Linux session from the optical drive and ran SMART Data and self tests. I did the long test. Reports back that the HDD is OK.
This computer is a Dell Vostro 1000 Laptop. Vista Home Basic 32bit. Processor is AMD Sempron 64bit. Chipset is mostly 32bit w/some 64bit. Bought it for $5. Screen was dead but had video to external monitor. Video ribbon cable was loose. Screen came on after I re plugged the ribbon cable in.
Looks like the security and updates are not up to date. Could that be what is making the HDD churn?
Been years since I have run any MS except for one box that runs 98SE for AutoCad.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I need this machine so I can run Forscan - an automobile diagnostic for Fords.
If you run a manual Windows Update (Control Panel | System and Maintenance | Windows Update | Check for Updates) and Windows Update gets stuck on "Checking for updates..." for more than 15 or 20 minutes then you are likely affected by this problem. Just note, however, that these slow Windows Updates are associated with high CPU consumption and overall slow system performance, but don't normally cause the type of disk thrashing you're seeing.
If you launch your Internet Explorer 9 browser and go to Help | About Internet Explorer, you should see that IE9 has Update Versions 9.0.60 / KB4014661 (Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 9: April 11, 2017) once your system is patched to the end of extended support for Vista SP2 (11-Apr-2017) .
------------ 32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox ESR v52.9.0 * Malwarebytes Premium v3.5.1-1.0.365
HP Pavilion dv6835ca, Intel Core2Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB SATA HDD, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS