"There's nothing as painful as the day you realize your laptop is old. It sneaks up on you. You wake up one morning, press the Power button, and two minutes later the laptop is still booting. When you finally get to check your e-mail it takes yet another minute (or more) to launch the application.
You can get all kinds of advice from people on ways to give your system some much-needed oomph, from adding more memory to loading system optimizers. We put the following seven tips to the test on two sluggish notebooks-one running Windows Vista and one running Windows XP-to see if they actually help."