You can possibly replace an aging hard drive and add a little RAM to improve XP performance. You would also do a thorough cleaning of the heat sink and fan on the CPU and other fans as well. You may need to completely reinstall XP and all software to get rid of any bloat that causes sluggishness with that system. As well, there may be BIOS and driver updates if you've not kept up with this. But, if you want Windows 7, you're definitely advised to say goodbye to the old rig and start with all new hardware that's Win7 compatible. Those are the only options I see other than slogging along with what you have until it dies or becomes unbearable to use.
I'm an old timer newbie. I have a windows XP that I would like to upgrade. Hard drive is getting noisy and system is slow. I like windows 7. What do I need to do to to a
75 GB hard drive, 512 mb RAM Pentium 4 2.66 ghz? OK stop your laughing and give me some easy to understand clues and suggestions. Gateway