Yes, I am still using XP. For the last couple of days when I have turned the PC on it has gone through the normal process of booting up, then it has seemed to stop, with little indication of hard disk activity, which is different to how things were until a few days ago. It has then been reluctant to do anything - trying to open a Word document, or run a program from the desk top, has resulted in getting the Windows hourglass figure, when then vanishes after a few moments. It carries on in this non co-operative state for a few minutes, then decides to start working and runs Word, Internet Explorer, or the ISP software. This is quite annoying. Any ideas about how to reduce this period of doing nothing? Thanks in advance.