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Specs:
P4 516 @ 2.93GHz
2GB DDR333 RAM (2x1GB, one stick is DDR400)
Asus P5S800VM
BFG 7600GS
160GB IDE
XP Home SP3

Today, no programs will open, the Chrome icon on the desktop has turned semi-transparent and all the programs in Accessories have disappeared. It's been slow for ages. We run Virgin Media's own anti-virus, which seems OK, but I'm not sure.

I've tried to run Secured2K's boot CD, but it fails the Windows Memory Diagnostic test. But Memtest has run for a pass, no errors and I know both sticks are good.

What's up with it, and can ANYTHING be fixed without a reinstall?
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Time for a back-up and reformat If your system is already running slow, give it a fresh lease on life!
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This is the issue. It's not my machine, it belongs to my parents. And I'm the only one in the house that can reinstall. I have nowhere near enough room to back up the data on the HDD... and I'm kind of in the middle of year 11, so spare time is few and far between. I've been telling them it needed a reinstall since 2008. It's still on the same installation it was on when we bought the PC in 2005.

I'll reinstall, but I'm dreading my father's reaction already.
Edited by Markeh - 1/24/11 at 9:43am
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Hard drive, seems to be on its last legs.
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OK, I'm confused. Memtest passed its second pass, but WMD still doesn't work... so does that mean the RAM AND the HDD could be dead?
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