We have decided to have a Windows reload for our present computer. Two and half years old is not enough to send it out to pasture. I have spent a good few hours saving what is on it and then dragging Methuselah out from the wardrobe and plugging it it. Now I remember why we bought the new one. Still, Methuselah is more stable than the newer one in its present ailing condition.
I am wondering whether to get a new and bigger hard drive though. 250gb is not very big today, when a single 'movie' can be over 1gb. I am also hoping we can move up from XP to Windows 7. It will be one or two days before I can pick it up. I won't have much time before we set off on holidays to make the new system how I like it. Doesn't matter really, since we won't be here to use it.
Now, if you have invented a computer that will last for say six years, without any attention or problems, please let me know. I would like one that just works, and keeps working.