I agree, although I have been running Vista on this machine with barely a problem for about 4 years, I am a little pissed off at the moment with it having a right fit about which drive it should boot from and how slowly can it possibly play videos & games !!!
Yes, I know there's a lot more to it than I have outlined above, but before I actually do it ... what functionality do I lose ?!?
Functionality do you lose? In my experience it is none. Vista was a trial for 7 in my humble opinion. The difference between Vista and 7 is enormous in the day to day usage. Difference between XP and Vista was a step but your hardware is coping at the limit in my humble opinion. Having said that, I'm wondering if your hard drive is struggling as Vista hammers them.
Install SpeedFan and select S.M.A.R.T. tab once it loads all information required.
Select your hard drive in the down arrow selection. Next select the Perform an in-depth online analysis of this hard disk
If that shows a poor output of your drive then that is the problem. Get your drive cloned as soon as possible.
Windows XP will be supported for anther 19 months or so. Support will cease in April 2014. After that date there will be no further Windows updates or security fixes, and although XP will continue working you really should begin th think about moving to Windows7, which is extremely stable.
Thanks for your replies & help, I'm up & running using XP and everything seems to be smooth as I could hope ... I will test my drives over the next few days & if I ever get another job, Editor, I will buy a new, decent, fast PC !!!
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