Already went the fresh install of Win7 64-bit route w/out repartioning whatever was done by Dell a few years ago and also upped her ram from 2GB to 4GB. So I'm hoping OS wise I'm good. We are currently in process of backing up her drive to our NAS in case I choose to go the route of doing another full install onto the SSD.
Since I only had a 3 hour window this afternoon to do the work I didn't have much time to debug before she needed her laptop back. I'll have more time tonight to try all the above suggestions and gather more info.
I repeat the recommendation to simply backup all of the data and do a fresh install.
Also if this is still Windows XP there will be a lot of tweaks to do in the OS for your SSD to run optimally. If you can do Windows 7 instead you should.