How to clean old user stuff&make it faster? RAM upgrade?

October 19, 2015 at 14:19:00
Specs: win7, Pentium / 3GbRAM
Slow 2nd hand Lenovo I received from a friend leaving the state.
It was in TURKISH ! Still full of things I dont need. Still slow as hell on 3 Gb RAM
I checked taskmanager, start files etc. But no significant improve.

I will post here the FRST, the Addition txt ans some CPU ifos so you can tell me if ONLY upgrade will make me work without waiting foooreeever to work with it. Please help!

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#1
October 19, 2015 at 14:38:36
Edit: Is there anything on the computer you wish to keep? If so transfer away from the computer for safe keeping.

First thing I would do is perform a factory restore on it.

http://lenovo.techbuddiesonline.com...

Doing this will present you with the option of changing the preferred language.

Once a factory restore is done you can assess the speed of the PC as all the previous user data will be wiped. Also any software (including hidden nasties) which may have caused lag will be gone.

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#2
October 19, 2015 at 14:54:33
Thank you for the interesting proposal.
I have some software I would like to keep... But all free source, so its not a big deal if I kill it.
Or can I somehow push it to external disc to save it? and than copy back ?
Do you understand from FRST and Malwarebytes to tell me if there is something else?

thanks again

m.


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#3
October 19, 2015 at 15:59:15
Another helper here, JohnW is an expert an analysing frst and MBAM logs. He is especially good at malware removal.

With software it is always best to reinstall it if possible. If you perform a factory restore the entire operating system will revert back to how it was when the computer was released to the market. The downside of a factory restore is that usually there is a huge amount of updates to perform to bring it back up to scratch.


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#4
October 19, 2015 at 17:06:33
Re #2

You can transfer program "download files" to another disk but you cannot transfer installed programs. This is because they also contain registry entries which are put there during install. The only exception is very simple stand-alone programs.

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#5
October 19, 2015 at 20:07:32
In THIS case since the machine belonged to someone else and you presumably have it a short time, the factory restore is probably your best option. It will clean out all of your friends junk. It will clean out anything that may have picked up infection wise. It will leave you with the most amount of space for your own stuff. It will allow (force) you to set up the system the way you want it rather than deal with it the way it was or tweak it gradually. Apparently it will allow you to chose your language (I did not realize this though I should have).
You will have to do a bunch of Windows Update.
You will have to set it up the way you like again.
You should remove many preinstalled bloatware that you do not need that is part of the factory install.
You will see the system at its best.

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#6
October 20, 2015 at 02:50:02
Fingers, I have to admit that I'm not 100% sure of changing the preferred language (and region / time zone) changes the setting for the entire operating system or is just there for the setup process.

Admittingly I've only ever restored computers already running English language to English language and time zone / region remained the same also.

I Made an assumption on that part of the process.

I hope someone can clarify.


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#7
October 20, 2015 at 02:56:48
Reading your posts I understand ,that Win7 will stay after the FabricRestore.
But what happens with system32 when the whole C: is formated?
Do I loose my win7 after I restore?
(not a big deal -will go to L Mint- but it is nice to have one Win Machine at home too...)
Second Question. Lenovo says: "STEP 5. Log in as a user who has administrative privileges and click OK"
this is the ADMINISTRATOR user Pswd which I created with super-user rights (not the preudo-admin from Win7) ?
OR is some password for the BIOS which only the ex-owner may know. Knowing him he has not a clue...


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#8
October 20, 2015 at 03:13:35
If Windows 7 is the original operating system on the computer that is what it will be restored to (providing the recovery partition is intact).

The only time this will change if it was a Vista computer that had a Windows 7 upgrade. It will revert back to Vista.

The password that it might request is the one you use to log into the computer as an administrator. Do you enter a password when you start up the computer? It may be helpful to create an administrator account with password for the restore process if you are unsure that your profile has administrator priveleges.

Edit: the entire C drive is formatted and a brand new OS is written to it, including the system32 folder. Usually the recovery partition is D drive. It is usually a hidden partition.

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#9
October 20, 2015 at 03:39:35
Problem 1

the recovery explained at
http://lenovo.techbuddiesonline.com...

says there is an image. But the system in my Laptop ASKS ME FOR AN IMAGE !!! And wats a path... to DVD or CD or even Network
no sign of Lenovo system image!

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#10
October 20, 2015 at 04:22:59
It sounds like it is looking for the recovery image which should be on a hidden partition but can't find it. Hopefully the recovery partition is still intact.

Try this method instead.

Reboot the computer.

When you see the Lenovo screen hit "enter" then hold the fn key down and tap F11.


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#11
October 20, 2015 at 07:25:47
I'm probably stating the obvious but if you reformat or do a factory restore then everything on the machine will vanish and it will be put back to its "as purchased" state.

I agree with Fingers that this might be the best way forward as it contains someone else's programs and data. However, if you want Windows you must be as sure as possible that it is going to succeed and not lumber you with an empty computer, otherwise you would be best to fix it up as best you can by other means.

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#12
October 20, 2015 at 20:27:41
If the recovery partition is missing or damaged then you still have the option of going to the manufacture and purchasing from them a set of recovery disks for that machine based on your model number and serial number. These are DVD disk(s) the contain the image you will need if the original is not usable.

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