|I'd look for the manufacturers driver download, then boot from a Windows XP install disk. Delete all partitions and create a new one. Install a fresh copy of XP, install the downloaded drivers, install anti-virus etc. Update everything. I usually follow Black Vipers recommendations for trimming services, around this point, to free up resources. |
Completely clean install, only thing better is a good protection/housekeeping regimen. Keeping it clean can be easier than you'd think.I like the layer of protection given by using Firefox browser, with the NoScript addon. A good A/V (I use Avast) and firewall (if needed, I'm behind a hardware firewall), along with a weekly running of CCleaner, just about does it. I like to install Unlocker and MSConfig CleanUp (two handy little utilities. That's my basic regimen, and my system stays clean and quick.
Of course, don't install anything you'll rarely use, and (especially laptops) keep vents and fans clean.
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