I have a Dell PC purchased in 2004 with Windows XP. Over the past year it has become increasingly slow to the point where I can barely use it comfortably. I get occasional pop-ups telling me my virtual memory is too low but I have reason to believe its more than that. It takes incredibly long to open and close windows, folders, programs, and use the Internet.
I have defragged my computer, increased my virtual memory size, and tried to clean up old files and programs that I do not use. I have 80GB hard drive and barely have used half of it, although I have a large number of digital photos in My Pictures folder.
I am not sure if this is a matter of purchasing more virtual memory, buying an external hard drive, or just re-installing my Windows XP. I have had viruses in the past but removed them sucessfully so I don't think this is a result of them.
Any feedback and help would be appreciated.