Can anyone help? My g/f's pc is pretty old running ME and has a mind of it's own. Freezing and crashing and all sorts are the order of the day. She doesn't have a copy of windows to reinstall and it wont even let her update security fixes.
Can you recommend a utility or something that would restore this system to immaculate working order or something similar.
I am not really convinced that by buying one of these pc doctor programs for $27.99 or whatever that it will help but if there is one out there that would indeed do the job I would give it a go
As well as clearing out the system files etc as suggested by Completealias I would take the side off the pc case and clean out any build up of dust/fluff etc that you find.Pay special attention to the areas around the fan/heatsink on the processor and graphics card and around the front lower part of the case/any other ventilation holes.
Consider also removing and re-seating any memory modules.These can become slightly unseated and the contacts become less efficient over time causing system errors.
I would be wary of Norton SystemWorks if I didn't have all the system discs etc.It is an effective but powerful tool and personal experience suggests you could end up removing essential files as well as the rubbish!!Use with care.
I too can also recomend the regcleaner I have been using it for years now and have never had a problem go to tools > registery clean up > do them all and let it run it will check your reg and highlight all entries that are no longer required then remove them.