Cleanup is the first thing that was tried. Some of the never used programs like Netscape have been uninstalled. Both a neighbor, a family member, and Verizon have helped her cleanup at different times by running CCleaner, running AdAware, deleting temporary files, among other things. It appears that most of the remaining files are legitimate program files. Her data files are not that big. After all these efforts to cleanup, she has 3.3 GB free on her C partition. It’s not unexpected that her software is consuming 16.7 GBs considering the size of XP, Office, and other programs these days.
When I saw that her small 40 GB HD (by today’s standards) came partitioned out of the box from Best Buy, I was aghast. Why split such a small HD to begin with? I know they used to do a lot of that partitioning in the past, but doing so is no longer popular. It is better for her to just have one 40 GB partition. That’s what I would want if it were my laptop. So that’s why I’m looking for ways to merge the two partitions.
Actually the main issue that I noticed when I showed up at her house is how slow her PC was running. It is a P4 2.8 GHZ which is the same that I have in my desktop at home. Mine runs plenty fast. It seems that there are a few reasons for the slowness such as needing more the the current 440 MB of unshared RAM. But, running out of space on her C drive doesn’t seem to help, since there are paging files that Windows uses on the C: drive, correct?
Concerning RAM, I found one GB sticks of PNY DDR 2700 notebook RAM for $39.99 on sale at Staples this week. I picked up two sticks since it was so dirt cheap knowing that I could return the extra stick if she only wanted one. Do you recommend installing both sticks for a total of 2 GB of Ram, or is that overkill for XP? Is 1 GB just as good for her purposes? She mainly does email, word processing, and Internet surfing.