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How to make windows faster besides doing a reformat?

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Anytime I have problems I backup my stuff and always do a quick reformat. But besides doing a reformat to solve everything. What else can I do?

Disk defragment?

I have no clue my friend computer is running slow and he wants me to help it run faster. he does not want to backup his stuff right now he just wants everything to be working "good".
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Start > Run > msconfig
Untick programs in the Startup tab that you don't need to start on startup

Start > Run > sysdm.cpl > Advanced tab > Performance (settings) > Advanced tab > Change > Untick 'Automatically manage paging size for all drives > Select Custom Size > set it around what recommended says down the bottom.

When your computer is running slow, open Task Manager and look at the Performance tab. If your memory usage is high, maybe add more RAM. But 6GB should be fine.


EDIT: Realised your post count, last point was obvious
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Start > Run > msconfig
Untick programs in the Startup tab that you don't need to start on startup
Start > Run > sysdm.cpl > Advanced tab > Performance (settings) > Advanced tab > Change > Untick 'Automatically manage paging size for all drives > Select Custom Size > set it around what recommended says down the bottom.

When your computer is running slow, open Task Manager and look at the Performance tab. If your memory usage is high, maybe add more RAM. But 6GB should be fine.

EDIT: Realised your post count, last point was obvious

I do the startup thing. I never tried the 2nd thing you said. 6gb is fine but im not talking about my computer im talking about my friend computer. I feel theres very little you can do and its always best to do a reformat which im trying to avoid this time.
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ccleaner, disk cleanup, defrag
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ccleaner, disk cleanup, defrag

Windows 7 defrag in the background automatically. So no point to do that. diskclean only helps you have more space. Hmm never heard of ccleaner might check that out.
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ccleaner, disk cleanup, defrag

i like ccleaner myself. free is good!
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ccleaner, disk cleanup, defrag

Windows 7 defrag in the background automatically. So no point to do that. diskclean only helps you have more space. Hmm never heard of ccleaner might check that out.
i like defraggler over the windows defrag.
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Defrag the registery with tools like tunup
Buy an ssd never runs out of speed

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