I've Drunk The Demise of XP KoolAid:

Started Mar 31, 2014 | Questions thread
digital ed
digital ed Veteran Member • Posts: 3,529
Assuming your are committed to new hardware & OS. . .

. . . don't toss that old Vaio yet.

First it seems by your problems it is not that the hardware or OS is bad but there may be a lot of stuff on the system that may be causing the problems (malware?).

I recently resurrected an old laptop by doing a clean reinstall of Win XpPro using the original Xp install disks. All the old upgrades to Xp are still available online through MS. It took a couple of hours of downloads and upgrades to get the laptop up to the latest Xp status. At this point it runs faster than before and with no problems.

There are malware prevention companies starting to take the lead to provide protection to those of us still running an Xp OS. This will continue and will provide better AV protection than what was available from Xp itself. Of course, one should still be diligent to observe the basic surfing and email precautions. I have no intentions of upgrading a couple of my computers to Win 7 or 8 or even Linux. I should mention that I have computers that I use running Win 8.1 Pro (with the Classic Shell), Win 7 Ultimate and Linux Mint.

For that old Vaio you can reinstall the Xp OS and selected programs that you use or even install Linux Mint which is much like a Windows GUI and installs quite easily including networking. With Linux Mint you can use Wine and some of your old MS programs.

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