I can't tell what OS CD you have. Most HP's have a system recovery set which limits your choices but at this age and symptoms have you done the following? Watch the video at http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-1.html
Q. So: Is it possible to set up a dual boot environment where one partition is my current system and another is the clean install version?
A. Unlikely. Most don't have the OS DVD to do that.
I timed it this morning: 6 minutes from power on to ready to work. Occassionally it goes to sleep and after 4-8 minutes or so, comes back as if nothing were happening.
I've cleaned the start up list, use CCleaner, Ad-Aware and Norton (latest versions of each).
The system is a four core, 4 GB, 2 1/2 year old HP.
I am considering doing a clean reinstall of the operating system and applications but dread the work and the loss of system use.
Then I recalled that there was some capability in Vista to run dual environments.
So: Is it possible to set up a dual boot environment where one partition is my current system and another is the clean install version?
My thinking is to take my time doing the clean install since, in theory, I would still have my current (slow) but known environment to do my real work in until the new partition was solid and shaken down.
Am I violating any licensing rules?
Is there a "how to" that is more understandable than what I've found on the Microsoft website?