...This morning I did another Factory restore but the first thing I did before any updates etc was to install FF 52.7.3 23 bit from my back up HD, now all is OK as far as getting on the www. I have updated but only up to SP1 the Windows says I am up to date?? I will see if any more come through over the next couple of days. Now I am able to look for a deal on DELL lap tops with Windows 10 and will keep my old desk top, it will have its uses.
Keep in mind that resetting your computer back to factory condition will not only roll back your operating system and drivers for hardware components like network and graphics cards, but it will reinstall all the old third-party software that was pre-installed at the factory when you purchased your computer a decade ago. That probably includes outdated, unsupported Dell utilities and could even include an old trial version of an antivirus program
like Norton, McAfee, etc. (recall Vistaar's comment in post # 17
about wiping remnants of other antivirus programs with the manufacturer's removal tool to avoid conflicts with Avast). Some of this old third-party software might even be configured to start at boot-up and could cause all sorts of problems. A clean reinstall of your operating system is different because it wipes all third-party software off your system and leaves you with nothing but a fresh copy of your OS.
Here are some of the release dates for major Vista upgrades. Once you apply Service Pack 2
(Brink's thread pinned at the top of this board titled Download Available for Standalone Vista SP2
has links to both 32-bit and 64-bit installers) and upgrade to Internet Explorer 9
(see post #8
) your Vista SP2 OS and IE9 browser will still be missing almost a decade of security updates
until you get Windows Update working correctly and patch to the end of extended support on 11-Apr-2017
. It's likely that most of the third-party software you are trying to install that is still compatible with a Vista OS will require a fully patched Vista SP2 OS to work properly.
IE7: October 2006
SP1: February 2008
IE8: March 2009 (not included in SP2)
SP2: May 2009
IE9: March 2011
32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox ESR v52.7.3 * Norton Security v126.96.36.199 * MS Office 2003 Professional