I never thought I'd be writing those words! Firstly, thanks to everyone in the past who helped with advice and suggestions for my ailing Acer Aspire laptop. It has survived until now, albeit without its keyboard, but finally gave up the ghost a few days ago. I really need a second computer (have Dell desktop which is strictly for work), so a friend stepped in and gave me one his son had. It's a Philips Multimedia System C650.
This machine is running unbearably slow. Boot up is not too bad. However, if I launch, say, Google Chrome, and then close it, the page slowly disappears from the top down and this can take a couple of minutes. Also, being a responsbile father, my friend installed Contrôle Parental, can't remember the password, and I can't get rid of it (it requires the password to uninstall).
I've uninstalled two or three anti-virus programmes, Avast, AVG, and one from Orange (which I think is Kaspersky), and installed Bullguard.
I've run Malwarebytes (free version), and between Bullguard and Malwarebytes, cleaned up a few dodgy-looking files.
There is no data that needs to be saved on this hard drive, but I don't have a Windows XP installation disk.
So, if you're still reading at this point, thanks, and I would appreciate any advice about the pros and cons of installing another OS. Free memory is 138GB (total 149GB). I cannot remember how to find out what RAM there is.
Thanks in advance if anyone can offer any help or advice, and sorry this was so long.