I think I have to defer to them. I will share I upgraded my son's cast off 1GB Dell e1505 with a 2GB kit (15 bucks), a 30 dollar 120GB SSD and Windows 10 (thanks to the office for a W7 license.) I can't tell if you are willing to invest a few dollars here.
Let's say you just need an Internet PC. I'd load it up with some Linux or the Chrome OS.
So we broke GF's old laptop out of storage after about ten years. Upon starting it I realized it's loaded with garbage and adware. It barely works, up to 30-40 seconds to open a video file, various windows not closing all the way, or taking for ever. I closed everything I could in startup, ran Malwarebytes and adwcleaner. it had GreatArcadeHits AVStoolbar, and two or three other known adware. It's still slow. i want to restore to factory. It has a 4gb recovery partition and apparently PC Angel. When I try to use any recovery methods, be it Gateway Recovery or the F2, F8, F10, F11 keys I get a window saying "Windows Recovery Partition Is Prepared". when I click Ok, it pops the drawer and asks for the CD, which we don't have. If I just try and click on the recovery drive in "my computer", it says PC Angel has blocked access. How do I access PC Angel's menu?.
According to PC Angel's site, there should be an icon on the desktop or in office. Can't find any PC Angel in the computer, Just a SoftThinks DLL in a windows folder.
Any help thanks. With less than one gb of ram and a 60gb hd, I think I might be wasting my time on an obsolete PC.