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How I sped Up a Windows Vista Computer #FreeComputerTips by in home computer, tablet and smart cell phone tutor, mobile virus removal and repair specialist, dual certified teacher J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. of Honolulu Hawaii covering all of Oahu. Call or  Text 808.224.1870  Text only for the rest of the U.S. for English speaking remote computer support for help with Windows PCs, Surface tablets or Apple/Mac computers. Do It Yourselfers download Mr. Kirkham's Ebook

Just made a house call for an in home computer repair client here in Honolulu. I’d met her at farmers market and had given her my card a few weeks ago. She told me she had a Vista Windows computer. Though it got the job done it was very slow. She also had no working antivirus software on it so security was also an issue.

My In Home Computer Repair Client’s Needs

She used Microsoft Office including Powerpoint. She also did basic surfing of the internet and checked email online. Her preferred internet browser was Google Chrome.

My Solution for an Old Slow Computer

A computer operating system which looks like a combination of Apple and Windows. It has:

A built in office suite in which Microsoft Office files may be imported and exports just by double clicking on the file.

Firefox built into it as an internet browser

A software store built into it so you don’t have to look for application which may not be already included

Chromium in the software store which is the open-source version of Google Chrome

No need for antivirus software. It’s not in the radar of hackers.

A small footprint. This means the computer operating system itself uses very few resourced. This means there are more resources left to do what YOU want to do on the computer and internet. More resources available means MORE SPEED!

A way to try the computer operating system before installing it

A way to keep your old computer operating system and use the faster, virus free operating system along with it. It’s called a dual boot.

Okay Rick, What’s The Name of This Slow Old Computer Solution



I had my in home computer repair client try it first to see if she liked it. I had her try the office suite and double clicking on her Microsoft Office files to watch them open up into Libre Office Suite without having to do anything special. She liked it enough she decided to have me overwrite Windows Vista completely and install Ubuntu. She already had her files backed up so I proceeded with the install. Yes, backup your files. If you overwrite Windows you won’t have files or photos left on your computer. Just use a thumb drive to back everything up. Usually 16 gb to 32 gigabytes is enough.

Now Here’s What I Had My Computer Repair Client Do

I’m known here on Oahu for my easy going, step by step, hands on approach as an in home computer, cell phone and tablet tutor. Therefore I had my computer client install Chromium from the software store built into Ubuntu (It’s the A icon). It was very simple to install and even placed an icon on the dock station (similar to Apple/Mac) for easy access.

I then had her try a few things and surf around the internet t make sure everything was okay. She was impressed with the speed of her “new” computer. Everything was okay of course. I call this client test preventing the “half-way home syndrome”, where I get half-way home, get a call from my computer client and have to turn around and go back to my client.


My in home computer repair client was happy with the format and the speed of the computer. I now highly recommend setting up a dual boot on all computers now incase of computer crashes or computer viruses.

Do It Yourselfers Who Don’t Want to Call Me

Or if you’re on the mainland of the United States.

Order my flash drive and DVD with Ubuntu already installed WITH precise basic English directions on how to install Ubuntu yourself. Warning I am not responsible for you messing up your computer by not following directions properly.

Enjoy your safe, faster computer.
Rick, your friendly neighborhood computer geek and tutor

J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc.


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