Thanks, so far what your saying makes sense!
so, would u reccomend restarting the laptop with my NT cd? Would i get updates even though its so old?
when i turn it on i choose to run xp, i must hav messed up at some point because there is a option for xp set up. would formatting fix this and how exactly to do u format?
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Re: how to perform a clean install on the old laptop
Rather then loading NT, I would just load XP.
Xp actually is, NT 5.+
It will run on that laptop with out any problems.
I would suggest, however, that you have at least 512MB of RAM (more is better)
When you boot to the XP disk, you will have options on what to do.
One of the options is to delete the existing partition. If you have removed any data you want to save, delete the partition, and then continue with creating a partition, formatting, and loading (they pretty much walk you through the steps on the install).
Note to the above....when you delete the existing partition, any data that is on the computer is gone. So make sure that you have looked it over before doing that.
You will also need to make note of onboard devices beforehand so that you do know your onboard devices (sound, video, NIC etc) and you can make sure to have those drivers inhand before you start. XP has a number of them built in, but some, you will have to go to the HP/Compaq site to download.
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The Microsoft website will give details of how to upgrade and the costs involved, though buying the new operating system on hardware and performing a drive format and a clean new load could make more sense.
A computer that previously ran Vista will probably be a few years old and therefore have a low specification so you could be disappointed with the performance when running Windows 10.
I have a very old pc originally running Windows 95 that copes well with XP without perceptible loss of functionality for modest purposes, which makes no sense at all.
On the other hand a relatively high-spec laptop I own needs a fair amount of patience running Windows 7.
You have to try these things but the results aren't assured and it is a bit like making a wager with your cash. Might be more economic to buy an up to date machine.
I did not work for me in the beginning because Z500 didn't know it had a battery.
1. First do a clean install of Windows 7.
2. Install all the drivers only for Lenovo site and respect the restarts. Install Lenovo Energy Management last. Go to Lenovo Energy Management and set it for full Performance.
3. The indicator in the animation should be far right not center.
4. Go to Advanced Power Settings in Control Panel -> Lenovo Energy Management and hit ENABLE
5. Now you restart and you should be able to do the firmware update
6. If you cannot do the firmware update then uninstall LEM, remove ACPI from Device Manager, Reinstall LEM, Enable again.
7. If you cannot do the firmware update then try battery gauge reset in Safe Mode and remove ACPI after, and then Reinstall LEM, Enable.
How far do you move the lid? if its not a complete close action or near enough - then it sounds like a loose connection on the webcam's connecting cable. Not common but also not unheard of.
I'm not making assumptions on your level of skill but I strongly reccomend you get a technician to look at it rather than follow a guide and open it up, a new screen is costly and its very easy to accidentally break it or lose screws or break a cable's connector etc
If you do want to attempt it yourself then follow a good guide, don't fly solo!
Create a parallel installation of Windows NT.For additional information how to do so, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
259003 How and Why to Perform a Parallel Installation of Windows NT 4.0
Start your computer to the parallel installation of Windows NT, and then start Registry Editor.
On the Window menu, click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE on Local Machine.
On the Registry menu, click Load Hive.
Type the path to the System hive of the prior installation, typically%systemroot%\system32\config\system, and then click Open.
When you are prompted for the name of the key, type TEST, and then view the following registry entry:
Note the setting for the Current DWord value in the preceding registry key. This is typically0x1, and is represented as CURRENT:Reg_Dword:0x1. This value indicates that the "CurrentControlSet" for your original Windows NT installation corresponds to ControlSet001 in this window. A value of 2 would indicate that the "CurrentControlSet" for your original Windows NT installation would correspond to ControlSet002, and so on.
Locate the following registry key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\TEST\ControlSetXXX\Control\Session Managerwhere XXX is the CurrentControlSet that you identified in the preceding step.
Under the Session Manager key, note and then delete any PendingFileRenameOperationsentries.
Click the TEST hive, and then click Unload Hive on the Registry menu.
On the Registry menu, click Load Hive.
Type the path to the Software hive of the prior installation, typically%systemroot%\system32\config\Software, and then click Open.
When you are prompted for the name of the key, type TEST2.
Remove any PendingFileRenameOperations entries in the following registry keys:
Yes, you system will support up to 1GB of ram, so, if i were you i would suggest that you buy a 1GB chip, this will give you the best performance upgrade. And, ram is so cheap at the moment, so, i think it will be the best option.
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do one thing ...
start the system and make sure you are fast
when the system starts up click on the start > run > type > services.msc
in the list find the remote procedure call ( RPC ) and double click on it > click on the tab that says recovery > and than make sure the failures say take no action and than apply and click ok
If by accident having compressed the entire boot partition, then Vista will display the following error:
BOOTMGR is compressed. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
This can usually be solved by using Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) and perform a "Startup Repair". If that fails then use WinRE to enter the "Command Prompt" and execute these commands:
A clean install would probably be the best thing to do.
Over time, all computers pick up bits and pieces of programs of patchs, and programs no longer used.
So with a clean fresh install, it will not have to deal with any of the "leftovers"
This is my personal choice any time I want to get the best performance out of an older machine, format and load.