its possible there maybe a hidden partition for recovery on the PC
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I will do plenty of email to the seller before I buy, I have been doing business on ebay for a while. I am fully aware that what you see is often NOT what you get.
The system was given to me so I don't know what the heck is on this system or what they were doing with the drives. I know they have all kinds of sh.. installed and I am in the process of uninstalling sh.. right now. System was slow almost to the point of unusable when I got it and it's already speeding up just cleaning the drive. Next will be defrag.
If it is booting OK, why are you bothering about the recovery discs, as they will just put it back to the how it was originally.
Your first and most urgent job is to increase that free space. 10% is the BARE minimum.
If you have any doubt about the stability of the installation I would back up NOW.
That all said , your reply suggests that you know what you are doing, so if you merely wanted to know about recovery discs would you please mark it solved.
If of course you have other questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Because there is no way I will ever find and delete all the crap this person has on it. It took over 4 min. to just delete the documents collected. The easiest way to recover the most amount of space is to wipe it with the recover disk and reinstall the OS.
Well - in that case - short of proceeding with a format and reinstall either using the recovery disc OR as suggested borrowing a dell disc and formatting and installing using of course the product key on the case WHY not do a drastic clean up
Use ATF cleaner to get rid of all the temps, cache etc.
Use ausologics defrag - far better than windows
Use MBAM startup lite to prune all the startup entries.
Delete the whole of the windows temp folder, AFTER establishing a restore point.
The create a new user account for the children.
Keep the admin acount and whatever it is on now with a password.
AND then at your leisure work your way through the rubbish.
No unfortunately not
I have played with most from the days of dos to windows when it first came on the market.
It is Mac - initials and boatmaster - I am a part-time skipper on a charter angling pleasure trip boat here in Wales.
Links to follow on next post.
Ausologics defrag. http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download/
Excellent - far better than windows - do NOT be tempted to use the registry cleaner on the site or the boost program - We do NOT recommend on TechSupportGuy any registry cleaners etc.
DO A DISK cleanup first - checking all boxes with XP Programs Accessories, System Tools.
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