I'd definitely recommend an OS reinstall/recovery, with a thorough clean-up at the very least. Don't forget to backup prior to this. A few pointers in this recent thread click here.
My friend's laptop wasn't too dissimilar to your sister's. It had 20Gb junk files & very little space remaining on the hard drive. A fresh OS reinstall & freeing up space did wonders. I also increased the RAM to make it even better.
Don't spend any money on it though until you're able to do the clean-up or reinstall/recovery. G
Theres a few things you can do. Download latest update for your AV prog and perform a full scan. Download Ccleaner and run to remove all the *rap. Download RegCleaner & run to fix any reg faults. If it was mine I would format & re-install windows, then spend hours updating to XP sp3, IE 8 etc. Good luck
Just chucking Ram at it will not necessarily make it much faster. there is lots of bad advice about Ram. As above other things can speed it up more than a load of Ram. Though upping it to 512Mb would not do it any harm
A 256 MB RAM should be enough for surfing internet. If still the internet is slow, it could be some other problem but it can not be due to the lack of RAM at least when you are using Windows XP operating system.
Recovery CDs are only really meant for the original system they were created on.
Is the WinXP CD you're trying to use, the same version of WinXP on the laptop? Home for Home, OEM for OEM?
Do you have the original product key? It will be on a sticker printed on the laptop. Otherwise use MJBKF click here in Windows to locate it. Write it down. Do not attempt to reinstall Windows without having this to hand, & make doubly-sure it is correct.
You'll also want to visit the manufacturer's website & download their drivers for this particular model prior to the fresh install.
Do not forget the thorough prior backup as well. G
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