Thanks Guys for the advice' I will take it under advisement
I had tried the System Restore before i wrote the post.
I have a feeling that my system is very unstable at the moment. Programs are either not opening immediately, as they usually do, or, in some cases, open in "pieces". Once open, everything seems to work well enough.
I am considering, because of this. a reformat of my HDD. I know that's drastic, but I'm convinced that something is wrong. This outfit should be blazingly fast; I should not have to sit and wait even 15 seconds for something to open! Right?
I have a class to teach this afternoon, so I may get to some of these suggestions tonight. Keep your fingers crossed; I have 16 newbies in a computer lab, some of whom have never touched a PC before!
Am I crazy, senile or what?