Ok, kids (yeah, kids ... I'm over 50). I've been running/using personal computers since CPM days, so I'm guessing I've got a few of you beat in the "I've been using these for a long time" game. I even used to tech early DOS PCs. Tralalala. Here's what I know. XP and it's registry sux wads. Well, actually, I'll blame that on the programmers who decided that they couldn't bother to *uninstall* all the crud they load into the registry.
I maintain my system with everything suggested above, run Firefox, Adware, regularly defrag, etc. ... and *still* my system has become SO bogged down it's ridiculous.
Bottom line here is ... I'll be reformatting here shortly. I'll let you know how it goes, Cat. (And is there a number I can call at 3am, when I'm pulling out my hair?)
Hi: I tried to clean my drive on my windows xp and got an info screen drop down that said (I paraphrase here "You have too many changes and upgrades to make a routine clean disc drive" In other words, go and buy a new Windows XP disc (at WalMart for 95 bux)..any comments? PS I'm older than you by a wide margin (72yrs) but still a 3 yr rookie on computers..I have a son with a degree in computer science, but he's currently not talking to me..thanx for listening Fred Wright