Posted 19 January 2012 - 10:59 AM
After working with the PC for quite some time it turns out I didn't even need to do a clean install of XP. I trimmed out the initial fat from Dell that was still around (tons of free trials and expired subscription software), then updated all the Flash Player, Adobe, .NET, Silverlight, Shockwave and other media player components. Updated hardware drivers where I could and at that point the machine is nearly brand new. Also I cleaned up the startup sequence so almost nothing starts on boot up which helped maybe more than anything else I did. Lastly Windows Update (the machine didn't have SP3).
Once I add a Wifi Dongle onto the PC it's going back... 3 cheers for Windows XP, the most stable OS I have ever seen from Microsoft!
AMD Phenom II X6 2.8ghz
8GB DDR3 RAM
XFX ATI Radeon HD6850 1 GB DDR5, 26" Widescreen HDMI
500GB + 80GB HDD
Windows 7 Pro, Mozilla Firefox, AutoCAD 2011, Solidworks 2009