Thanks for that information
FWIW: System specs for HP Pavilion a347x: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...cname=c00043265
You seem to have sufficient hard drive space for XP to run properly. When the free space on the system partition (C:) becomes less than 15-20%, it generally hinders proper functioning.
You only have the orginal amount of RAM installed in the system. Initially, this is no problem for Windows...because there are a minimum number of applictions running on the system. But, as time goes by and more applications are installed (and the same amount of RAM is asked to do more work), the system may become noticeably slower.
MS Office is one of various programs that are RAM-intensive...that means that the program will perform better the more RAM installed.
I take it that you are also running the XP System Restore function.
My suggestion would be (if you intend to continue using this system) to add the maximum amount of RAM which your system supports. That would be 1GB, which today is pretty much the minimum installed in any newer system featuring XP or Vista.
That would mean purchasing 2 modules of the following memory (Crucial.com is a reliable vendor for purchasing additional memory for a system): http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp...avilion%20a347x
. You would then remove the current memory module installed and replace it with the two suggested.
If that's not feasible, then all that you can do with that system is to continue the steps that you have already taken.
Two minor things I can suggest:
1. Turn off indexing
2. Let XP manage your virtual memory
. Virtual memory settings can be found/adjusted by:
a. Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl in the Open box, and then press ENTER. Alternative method is right-click My Computer, click Properties. Either brings you to correct screen.
b. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Performance click Settings.
c. Click the Advanced tab, and then under Virtual memory click Change.
d. Scroll down to middle of that tab and select System Managed Size...push Set button...push OK to close the box and apply changes.. If System Managed Size is already selected, just close the windows.
If you are prompted to restart, the changes will not take effect until Windows is restarted.