Full re-install or not?

  Seadog 23:10 13 Nov 2009

I just got a new pc with windows 7 to replace my aging P4 3.2Mhz Xp machine.
I want to pass the machine on to family but for a while I noticed that the Xp machine has been very slow opening programs - really anything to do with transferring data from the hard disk has been slow - burning programs (i.e. copying discs) etc.

Once a program is open it seems to run ok - unless it has to access or use the hard disk.
I use Ccleaner on a regular basis and the HDD has been recently defragged. My anti-virus is AVG pro. Neither program reports any problems.

I've removed programs and data that I didn't want to pass on but the machine is still deathly slow - does this warrant a format and full re- install? I don't really want to do that as it will take me a lot of time, but advice would be helpful.

  User-1229748 23:14 13 Nov 2009

there have been reports of the latest avg slowing many a pc down but if you are passing the pc on i reckon i would go for the fresh install.it's not going to be any quicker than it will be after a fresh install

  Seadog 23:23 13 Nov 2009

Thanks, I did reckon that it might be AVG, I've got a 3 user licence with my new pc for Mc Afee (AVG subscription runs out anyway in January 2010)

Maybe I should un-install AVG and install McAfee and see how it goes?

It's just that I can't really be bothered to do a full re-install on something I'm just giving away - if you see what I mean....

  User-1229748 23:37 13 Nov 2009

yep i do know what you mean with all the updates and the like.when i've had pc's past on to me i've always done a fresh install or a system recovery.

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