Less than two weeks ago, I spent an entire #$%^&(*&^%$ day wiping, then reloading my desktop with Windows 7. After I was done, it ran fine.
Yesterday, even though I had Windows Updates turned off, somehow, the O/S turned that resource hogzilla back on and downloaded SP 1, which I had left off the machine. This ayem, when I fired up the machine, it just pouted. Back to the same glacial speed that even my original 1986 Windoze box, running Win 3.0, could outrun with only a 286 chip, NO hard disk, and floppy drives to load everything from.
I just executed Windoze 7. Gave it a fair trial, I did, then strung it up. It's gone to it's reward in etherspace. The death certificate reads: Cause of Death, Morbid Obesity.
This box is now running Ubuntu 15.04. I am just barely competent enough on Linux to run it. I use Help a lot.
I do NOT own a windoze box any more. The gudwife still has one. Now all I have to do is put Wine on this Linux box, and I can use my backup drive, with it's full-disk image of the old box, as a windoze file repository.
Been sittin' here for 3.5 hours, though, so I will get up before Arthur Ritus kicks my old butt in the butt, AGAIN.