I bought a Vaio laptop in 2008, with Windows Vista Business, and one of the reasons why I bought it was because it came with Acrobat (8.0) included. The only problem is that the computer didn't bring any cd's (Acrobat, Windows or Vaio software). The laptop is still working fine, but it's getting slower for some time and I want to reformat in order to start again from the beginning. Additionally I'm considering the possibility of upgrading to Windows 7, but if I reformat the computer I don't have the Acrobat 8.0 software needed to re-install. What do I need to do in order to access this software?
This is the information I have concerning my Acrobat software:
Adobe Acrobat Standard
Thanks in advance for your help.
Message was edited to remove serial number
I would remove the key you posted, but don't have access. You may need to contact the VAIO folks to find where the software is found. On preinstalled systems, the software is often on the extra drive partition on the computer. In some cases (maybe most), there is a process for saving the install files to CD. They distribute this way to save money and eliminate the lost CD problem, but the customer has to create the software CD himself. Maybe the VAIO folks can help you on this.
You might try some of the cleaning tools and also check the msconfig (type in run) to see what is running in the background that can be turned off. One of the biggest time hogs on systems today is supposed to be protecting you -- it is your antivirus. Some of those programs running in the background spend so much time checking things that there is hardly anytime left to do things. I am not recommending to not have antivirus, but adjusting the settings or the check for updates may help. In such a case, reformatting the drive would not necessarily help that problem.
Also, if you are getting low on HD memory or are low on RAM, newer programs might run slower. The RAM issue is a big one in that Windows will move programs into virtual memory to allow them to run, but virtual memory is the HD and is slow! If you check your HD, you might find it time to buy a newer large drive (I have done that on laptops that I ran almost full). Checking out the free RAM may also suggest another upgrade there.
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