Since I got ZERO replies, I bit the bullet, backed up everything pertinent, including the drivers, and installed Win XP from a flash drive. I'd created a bootable thumb drive for XP a few years ago.
I've now reloaded the drivers, the pictures and the document and the desktop background. So I'm good.
Thanks to everybody who at least read the post.
Got a little Dell Inspiron Mini that runs Windows Xp Home Edition with SP3 and I GB of RAM (okay, .99 GB).
This came with a preloaded OS and has no disc drive.
Lately I've noticed that I get a lot of 'This page cannot be displayed' messages. Quite often simply clicking on refresh brings up the page. When I perform a Google search, and whatever result page fails to display, it ALWAYS displays in the cached entry for that page.
And I seem to be completely unable to get to any Microsoft update pages, even on refresh, although I seem to be able to update Windows from the little yellow shield in the notification area.
It also takes forever to shut down - about 2 minutes at last timing.
I have done a disc cleanup, I have run chkdsk /r, MalwareBytes (quick and full) and I have set the startup down to only a handful of items.
Any ideas? I would love to run sfc /scannow, but without a disc drive....