I hadn't spent much time on the laptop since getting this desktop, so I fired it up and ran some scans on it. Found some Malware in the restore area. Got that cleaned out and made a new restore point. Uninstalled some things not needed. Updated some drivers. Ran the defrag. Made another restore point. It's working pretty good again.
Then I copied some of the files over to this one so I didn't have to search them out. Ran some scans on this one. I now have my PDF's, pics, drawings and such stored in 3 different places as I did another backup on the external hard drive after all that. I am missing a few things after the old XP desktop went belly up. Trying not to lose things again.
I talked to a friend about the old XP puter. He said his son may be able to get my files off the old hard drive, so he is taking it to him. Hope he can. May be a while, though.
On the external hard drive, I do not leave it hooked up. That way if I get something on here and need the backup, it will not be infected. Looking at what else I can put on there to help with rebuilding this one if needed. So far, I am backing up the full system and my files/pics.