Two weeks later...update and another question.
I got the hard drive installed with XP on the new hard drive. I then reloaded most of the programs. I kept my data on the original drive.
My issue: The computer was running so great when I installed the new drive with just xp and no programs- it was like having a brand new computer . As I added the programs it has slowed down considerably. Is there any way to avoid this slow down. I've almost at the point I'm considering buying a new computer but I look at the specs on mine and it really doesn't seem that bad.
From System Properties:
Intel Pentium 4 cpu 3.2 ghz, 3.19 ghz, 3.0 gb of ram.
Windows XP sp3
I'm a CPA so I"m running mostly financial type programs such as spreadsheets, tax software etc. Sometimes when I click on "my computer" it can take 20 seconds or more to load, other times it comes up in a couple seconds.
Can someone perhaps point me to some system diagnostics posts or tools to identify the "bottleneck" in my computer. I'm at my wits end and really don't have time to mess with t his in my busy season!
Would perhaps upgrading to windows 7 help at all?
Edited by equinecpa, 21 February 2010 - 10:19 AM.