While there are tomes on the web about recovering XP's speed and more, I fear that these are too much work for most folk.
Over the 9 years you learned to backup to avoid a full wipe out so why not go back to a backup that worked then? Otherwise you can restore it to new, then unless there's some hardware issue it will work just like new.
-> Remember. Speeding up XP is a done some million times discussion. As those don't work for you I think the nuclear option is best.
I have a 9 year old Dell Dimension desktop computer which has an OS of WIN Home XP SP3 and lately it's been running slow; I open up the case every month and blow the dust bunnies out; I have Avast AV installed and SuperAntiSpware. Over the weekend I did a defrag; something I haven't done in a long time; followed by a scandisk(sp?).
What else should I do to make my old PC run smoother? After I power on every morning it takes about 10 minutes before I can start using the computer. This morning while writing a letter in MS Works the computer suddenly froze up; couldn't do anything.
I had to get up; go to the back of the tower and unplug the computer; waited a few minutes; plugged it back in; powered it back up; waited another 10 minutes before I could return to composing my letter. I don't surf the web much on this XP desktop; mainly use it for MS Works and Quicken offline. Feedback appreciated on what I could do to make this old machine run smooth again. Should I do something drastic like a system restore?