You might try a disk defragmentation of you hard drive. If your HD ain't happy, nobody's happy. Just click on start and then put your cursor over the programs tab. Next, go to Accessories and click, then find System Tools and click on iand in the next box you'll see disk defragmetation. Double click on it and run it all the way through. This may take awhile too. Hopefully, that'll recover some of your speed. Also, welcome to the club gurila. ~ Mike
P.S. Wasn't sure if knew about defraging or your PC knowlegde so I just thought I'd explain, sorry if I was preaching to the choir,LOL.