I just bought a new HP notebook PC with the Intel i5 CPU - dam it is fast It replaced an old Gateway 7330GZ - that has Processor Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 532 with HT Technology (1MB L2 Cache | 3.06GHz | 533MHz FSB) Chip set Intel® 852GME Memory 512 MB DDR (1 × 512 MB), 333 MHz, DDR Expandable to 1.5 GB (I upgraded the memory to the max a few years ago) It has an 80 GB hard drive. It its day it was an OK machine - but it now takes 4 or 5 seconds just to load IE - 45 seconds to load AOL 9.5 (still use AOL for Email:embarassed If you want the complete specs http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Gateway/7000Series/4997sp3.shtml ----------------- If I want to set this PC up just as a way to surf the net - and get Email - maybe check my brokerage account. Is it even worth messing with? If I do a complete restore - reset it back to when it was new - will I just be wasting my time? I doubt I have the skill to do anything too fancy (like load Google Chrome) but I have nothing to lose - If I don't find a way to make it a little faster - it will end up in the back of the closet. I have these choices -- 1. System Recovery From Hard Drive 2. System Recovery from Recovery CDs (I made these when PC was new - have never used them) Plus I need to decide A. Full System Restore (Destructive) or B. Full System Restore (with Backup) Any advise appreciated!