I have an old Dell Inspiron 530S with the specs in the link below that I am thinking about reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling Vista (or other operating system if it doesn't cost much and makes sense).
The computer runs very slowly and since it's been running since 2008 I think it might be time. However, I've never done anything like this before so am pretty nervous. I do have a Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive that I can use for backup purposes. I also have the following disks that came with the desktop when we originally bought it (brand new):
Dell Drivers and Utilities
ATI Radeon -HD 2400 Pro - Dell Driver CD
Operating System - Windows Vista Home Premium 32BIT
Microsoft Works 8.5
Dell LCD Flat Panel Monitor
I already ordered a new power source (Seasonic SS-300TFX 300W 80PLUS BRONZE TFX Power Supply) as the one in the desktop is burned out and more RAM (Crucial 2GB Kit (1GBx2) DDR2-667MHz (PC2-5300) Non-ECC UDIMM Desktop Memory Upgrades CT2KIT12864AA667 / CT2CP12864AA667) so buying a new PC is not an option.
So how difficult is the process? Where can I get specific directions on how to do so? What are tips and pitfalls I should be aware of?