Ok, I eventually relented and upgraded my "ME" PC to XP Home edition. All's well enough except that when I try to access drives etc, from desktop links, it takes ages for an explorer window to open!! Also, some programs take ages to execute too. I know I should have backed everything up beforehand etc, but then I thought I can always un-install the upgrade if I have probs. My Internet/Broadband connection etc, is not affected, and browser windows open as fast as ever on my 1Mb BB, but the base system is obviously affected badly. It may sound silly, but it seems like the OS is struggling to find the original directories/sources etc. Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated.
Total RAM is 512mb ! :-) Gongoozler - Processor is 1Ghz Pentium III, 2 hd's both 40gb's. Didn't think any of these specs would pose a problem, but I do seem to have an inordinate amount of processes running, some perhaps left over from ME, and not now needed?
Yes, that spec should be fine. I think you're probably right about the excess number of processes. A good way of disabling startup programs is with RegSeeker click here, with it you can temporarily disable or permanently remove startup items, and as long as you've ticked the box, you can always reinstate the deletions if they give problems.
I take it you upgraded from ME to XP IMHO its best to do a fresh install from scratch.
If you over write an exisiting OS with A newer version it takes up a great deal more space than a fresh install.
I upgraded a laptop to XP pro from ME but had to do it again with a fresh install because the machine was so slow. However even with a fresh install it was still quite slow. XP is a beast of an os and is quite hungry when to comes to memory and processes.