I installed it again so I can demonstrate it to a friend with a PC too weak to play it at home. I noticed that this time I didn’t have any of the performance problems, so I decided to leave it installed and start a new game. This time, I created a more combat-oriented character which made the game much easier. I finished a bunch of quests in Megaton, and then traveled northwest to deliver a message to a small settlement. The people living there had some trouble with bandits, so I decided to help them. This is where I stopped playing for now.