My laptop seriously needs reformatting. I have never reformatted it and I've been using it since Aug 06. It now takes about fifteen minutes to turn on properly and if I use it for a while it starts getting reeeeeaalllly slow.
The obvious solution is to reformat it, however, I'm kind of in Russia. I don't leave until Christmas and I don't have the resources to reformat it here, so what I'm asking is there any way to extend its usefulness because I'm getting extremely fed up with it. Like, Dad made the swap file (?) huge so it could do things faster.
Anything like that I can do while here so it doesn't run quite as slow?
Delete some stuff and defragement it
Get someone to send you all your software CDs from home and borrow an external hard drive from a friend. Then you can reformat wherever you are.
How much RAM do you have?
Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
As that may take a while, report back after it's done.
If you're using Windows XP then disable all visual effects and increase virtual memory.
You could also try removing memory resident programs that aren't useful and disable unneccessary startup services by using msconfig.
p.s. use msconfig only if you know how to, or you may accidentally change some vital settings which may mess up your laptop
Living in russia though, i doubt microsoft can touch you. Or they wouldn't want to try. Look at allofmp3.com, i don't what exactly happened in the end, but at the beginning it looked like they were gonna just get away with it cos nobody wanted to infringe on russia's way of doing things.
anyways, the chances of u getting caught, times the chances of getting caught using another cd key again, equals very small chances of anything happening IMO lol
Now for the actual problem, defragment is the only way unfortunately without buying other things. Also, try AVG free virus scanner, should find some nasty stuff and remove it off your computer.
Uninstall any programs you don't use first, then we can do msconfig.