I have a four-year old Dell laptop running 64 bit, Win 7 Professional that is running frustratingly, excruciatingly slowly. Pretty much every piece of software takes forever to load, while I find something else to do nearby. And the sluggishness generally continues even once the software is open (online or off). It takes me forever to accomplish anything. When this used to happen with my old Win 98 Dell Inspiron, I had a list of things I used to be able to do .. a sort of internal "shower" to clean up the sluggishness. I was told when I purchased my current laptop that things like Defrag were no longer required. So .. .what is? Is there anything I can do (besides maybe cleaning out temporary and no longer necessary files)? I coordinate a local Arts Fest in my area in early July, and after the New Year, I'm usually going full tilt boogie with computer busy work. I fear the stress and frustration that the New Year holds for me if I can't speed things up a bit. Any suggestions.