This friend is an 89 year old man who writes books and I remember he felt angry when Hotmail moved to Outlook and his email system fell apart about a year or so ago.
Once he got his email working by a computer advisor he has had no problems at all, he emailed me two weeks ago to ask why I had stopped writing to him.
I don't know if this may be another variable now that I think about it, during the recent 'Black Friday' involving 'Amazon' and it's subsequent 'meltdown', I suspected that my Browser (Internet Explorer 9) may have been slowing down, a friend gave me a tip which he apparently fixed on his laptop by unticking boxes in this field.......
How to set:
CONTROL PANEL - SYSTEM AMD MAINTENANCE - DEVICE MANAGER - Device Manager - Network Adaptors
802.11 n/g/b Wireless LAN USB Adapter
Intel(R) 82562v-2 10/100 Network Connection
Click 802.11 n/g/b Wireless LAN USB Adapter Menu opens up
Click Power Management Tab and un-tick (Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power)
Under Power Management Tab reduce power if cable disconnected not ticked
Reduce ink speed during standby - Ticked
Wake on link settings - Not Ticked
Wake on Magic Packet - Ticked
Wake on Directed Packet - Wake on Magic Packet Ticked
This was a power problem, I unticked the same boxes and now my browser is up to speed. I wouldn't have thaught it would've affected Emails though.