MS Vista OS

My wife has Vista on her home computer.  I have tried to make it faster by removing cookies, checking for viruses, but this has not helped.  I got two easy questions.
What else could I clean up to make Vista faster?
On a computer with Vista, could I upgrade to Windows7, or possibly the latest MS OS?  Will this make the computer faster?

PS - Once again, I do not see the points?
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Don S.Connect With a Mentor Commented:
It depends on what feels slow.  Generally, windows 7 does feel faster than Vista.  If certain programs (not internet based) are slow feeling, then a memory upgrade could help if it has less than 2gb currently.  If it already has 2gb or more, then any more memory won't really make much difference.  If the slow feel is with internet browsing or internet Apps, then a change in browser to Chrome or Firefox might help it feel a little bit faster.  All that said, because it obviously came with Vista on it, the computer is likely 6 years old or so and as such, is not really worth spending much time or money to try to make it faster feeling.  Replacing it with something newer is a much better investment.
QlemoConnect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
Changing the OS will speed up the boot process, but not general work.
You can make a quick check whether you should consider keeping the hardware by creating a new user.
chimaAuthor Commented:
Okay, thanks, I'll try both solutions.  Most likely we will replace the computer.  Might you know what the problem is with the points on the question?  Have they done away with the points?
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I disagree about RAM - 2 GB was too little.  7 got better with 2GB and 8 better still.  But Vista was a dog.  Go to 4 or 8 GB if you can.  RAM is the single most important factor in system performance - a fast CPU does you little good if it's waiting on retrieving information from memory that has been swapped out to the incredibly slow hard drive.
nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
and the next best thing is installing an SSD drive!!
i must say i never had problems with Vista, certainly not with the SP's installed
Don S.Commented:
8gb on a 32bit system?  Seeing as the os can only address less than 4gb, that would seem to be a waste.
while it probably is 32 bit - Vista comes in 64 bit flavor also
the asker should tell us which
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Many systems came with Vista 64 bit... but regardless, that's why - if you'll read my comment, I said: Go to 4 or 8 GB if you can
chimaAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your response.  I'll check this out over the weekend and get back with you.
chimaAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I apologize for the delay in issuing the points.
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