It's my friends box and I've killed just about everything using msconfig. Yet it still starts very slowly. Full virus scan, ccleaner (inc registry), malwarebytes, superantispyware all used with little effect.
Next time I'm at his house I'll grab some specs.
If you do mean very slow chances are its probably mucked up beyond feasible repair without reinstalling windows.. It is quite possible some of the hardware is degrading though.
Have you checked CPU utlization in task manager to check if anything is constantly using a lot of CPU?
Perhaps a mass removal of programs (including security programs) and then reinstall minimal neccessary might get some performance back. Stale Java, flash, shockwave, etc.
If not on SP2, upgrading to SP2 might help.
Check no missing device drivers.
Check it's running the high performance power plan and that it hasn't been modified.
Check paging file settings are on automatic.
1GB should be enough to run Vista smoothly, with web browsing and office applications and media playing, providing a lightweight AV is installed and minimal other stuff.
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