I have an older hp9600 business laptop, works fine, 17" screen full size keyboard etc, but pentium 4 3.2ghz & 2gb ram limiting it's abilities so I'm wondering if there's a different OS that'd use less resources but be usable for general pc usage (I'd be putting this in my 9yr old's room to help him transition from android touchscreen tablet to pc so the OS needs to have administrator controls so I can direct what can be done on it; and it needs to be able to work with general sites. I'm thinking maybe some type of linux based?
Before you clear OS I would increase Ram to max if you can still find and it's not to pricey. Also Remove all the bloatware that may be on the machine, Weather bug, news feeds,etc.... Uninstall all programs that use the internet other than the browser you use. Connect via Cat5 cable and see if it's faster, Windows XP setting up wireless connections were troublesome if I recall.