I found this site while searching for advice on what startup programs I could disable in windows Vista. After reading several topics in various forums, this seemed like a comfortable place to solicit advice, so, here I am following instructions and posting to introduce myself.
As my topic title suggests, I am the recipient of computers previously used by others. Typically, the previous user is convinced that the hareware/software is so hopelessly outdated and useless that a replacement is the only solution and I, being the concerned husband and father that I am, oblige and shell out for the latest and greatest system that that particular week has to offer. I then take the cast-off and do my best to remove all the garbage programs and add-ons so it can perform well enough to replace the even more out of date, obsolete, useless device that I have been using since the last purge.
Unfortunately, this time I am stuck. I can't get the stupid thing to move fast to keep my blood pressure below 250. Either my kids are right and the device is incapable of operating in today's world or I need to learn some new tricks. My wallet is hoping for the latter. I'm not expecting to instantly process a 4mb spreadsheet or watch a movie while skyping four friends. It would just be nice for the cursor to stop acting like a 16 year old driver at a 4-way stop sign and for me to know, with reasonalble certainty, that an operation will begin at some point within my limited lifetime after I click the open button!
Please offer advice as to which forum I should post specific questions and details about my system.