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    The horror, the horror.

    I restored a laptop this week back to factory using it's restore disk. It loaded pretty clean no crudware at all. it's a core2 ASUS F5. OK fresh restore no apps....It's slow, I mean like click wait...wait...wait.. there it is..

    This thing is awful, I'd been pissed if I got it new like this! Anyhow had to upgrade it to SP1 (as nothing will work otherwise) I started at 10AM it's now nearly 14:00 and it just made it to Stage 1 of 3 12% a fair bit higher than the 1 hour guesstimate.

    OH.. BTW after initial restore it was so painful to use I HAD to fetch extra ram from my supply to take it too 2gigs or it was impossible... I put it just so I could update it faster. (glad that worked)

    The horror, the horror.

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    That sounds ridiculously slow for the spec... are you sure the HDD isn't fritzed?

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    that's a good idea... Spinrite:!

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    Have to agree that its the hard drive on the way out. Failing that, could be a thermal or power issue causing the CPU to be very heavily throttled.

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    I finally read a report on Vista and laptops... they just don't match. I upgraded some teacher's personal Vista with 2 Gb and dual core to Win 7 Pro. That poor thing could not get out of it's own mouse's way.. nothing I tried did anything. I then read a report on Vista and laptops. I had a early dual core laptop at home I upgraded to Win 7 as it just crawled all the time and the HD light would always be blinking. BINGO.. Did Win 7 fix it ! I then tried it on this teacher's laptop, again.. it was like night an day. And I did an upgrade.. not a scratch install. Amazing how bad Vista was.
    I also upgrade my home PC Vista Pro to Win 7, could not believe it was the same machine. I would have not replaced it, had not it been I picked up a AMD x6 MB for dirt cheap.

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    Man I feel your pain!! Well in my time i have restored many vista laptops, and ran into the same issue as that you were having with the very slow updates and service pack installs, the laptop that I was dealing had good spec core 2 duo with 4gb of RAM. And I kept saying to myself it can’t be the specs that are the issue, after time I had it so I shut down the laptop and opened up the laptop and found that the laptop had a 5400rmp hard drive installed, so upgraded it to a new 7200rmp 500gb hard drive and it worked like a charm was 2x faster at installing updated and other tasks. !!!

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    I have an old HP laptop - Intel Centrino - that had Vista on - was exceptional sluggish. Upgraded to Win 7 and much faster. Recently put an SSD in it and it beats a lot of modern Win 7 machines for boot up. Odd thing is I just had to do a Windows 8 to 8.1 upgrade on 15 Windows 8 home machines and I managed to get 3 of them to update in 6 hours total each... Back to the old Vista days maybe?

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    Sounds like the HDD may banjaxed.

    "AlexM" are you on FiestaSTOC aswell? Really random question i know.
    Last edited by weathmatth; 22nd July 2014 at 11:10 AM.

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    Readyboost... Vista's best friend where RAM is not an option. (I liked Vista...)

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