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I have cleared the registry, optimised/overclocked hardware, just generally taking care of my windows 7.
But my system is generally starting to feel slower, my second Harddrive is not fragmented but my SSD is and my performance in games did not improve much even after upgrading to my 6350+R9 270X.
The last time I reinstalled windows was BEFORE I upgraded my motherboard and everything else in my PC.
If I reinstall Windows 7, will I get a boost in games in general?
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post #2 of 17

Probably, because it's generally always strongly advised to start with a fresh installation of Windows when replacing the motherboard.

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Yes, formatting your computer helps increase performance and is advised to do every once in a while, especially if you notice your performance start to wane even with you cleaning up your registry. You should also try to clear up space on your hard drive and clean up your registry using a cleaner program because a registry with mismatched entrys often causes your computer to tie up processing power doing useless instructions. I implore you to back up all your important files before you do because it will be hard to recover them after you format your drives for a fresh Windows installation. Installing Windows on a fresh hard drive always helped my computer stay fast during gamin!thumb.gif
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Yes, formatting your computer helps increase performance and is advised to do every once in a while, especially if you notice your performance start to wane even with you cleaning up your registry. You should also try to clear up space on your hard drive and clean up your registry using a cleaner program because a registry with mismatched entrys often causes your computer to tie up processing power doing useless instructions. I implore you to back up all your important files before you do because it will be hard to recover them after you format your drives for a fresh Windows installation. Installing Windows on a fresh hard drive always helped my computer stay fast during gamin!thumb.gif

 

Cleaning the Registry doesn't do any good and it has a risk of breaking Windows quite severely. It's like taking a 5-million word text document and deleting a couple thousand words in order to get the document to open faster.

 

It's better to defrag hard drives regularly with a good defragger, such as MyDefrag. That will make a noticeable difference if things are noticeably slower than they used to be.

 

There are other reasons why a computer might slow down over time though, but I've never seen evidence of "cleaning" the Registry improving performance.

 

The reason why I'm recommending formatting and starting over is simple: he switched to a different motherboard.

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Yeah, I was just thinking I know my motherboard supports 6gb/s SATA but since I did not reinstall windows it may still be running slower?
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I would say so. When you installed the new motherboard, did you install all of the drivers for all of the things that you're using? Did you install anything that you don't need? Did you install AMD's AHCI driver? Is there anything still installed that doesn't need to be anymore?

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I have cleared out drivers in the Device manager that are hidden/unused but I was wondering if it is safe to clear out unused drivers here? This also applies for the Shadow copies which there are loads too. After clearing out all the other drivers I have noticed a slight boost in start-up time.
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I honestly don't know. If it were me, then I would format and start over because I believe that it would be a lot easier and a lot less time-consuming. Plus, there would be no guesswork.

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post #9 of 17
I once tried what you're doing. Upgraded the mobo and tried running on my pre-existing install. It worked, but it just wasn't right. You're having enough issues or are generally not satisfied enough with your system that you're posting here.

Do yourself a favor. Back your data up, format, re install. gamesave-manager.com will grab probably all of your saves, so you don't have to worry about those. Use something like ninite.com to get a bulk installer for the common stuff (browser, run times, etc). Download all your drivers for the new board, have them ready to go on USB stick.
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Well all my games are on my 2nd drive (Including saves) and I am probably going to just use my boot in Linux on my memory stick to do a complete copy of my SSD onto the HDD so I have pretty much everything when I reinstall.
EDIT: The only thing I may fear is that some of my games took me ages to find (Because they are old or they now do not exist on steam) so I just hope that they will still run when I reinstall since I do not have the install file anymore.
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Phanteks U-Type Black Windows 10 Pro Samsung 27" Curved S27D590C Corsair K95 RGB Platinum 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair Modular RM650X Zalman Z11 Plus Corsair Glaive RGB Corsair Polaris 
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Corsair Void Pro 7.1 Ikea Corner Desk 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 3540M Dell Panther Point Chipset QM77 Intel HD Graphics 4000 16Gb (2x8gb) Hynix DDR3l 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
128GB Sandisk X110 Dell Stock Fan + Arctic Silver 5 Windows 10 Pro 1366x768 60Hz 
KeyboardPowerMouseAudio
UK-Layout Dell Keyboard 66600mWh Dell Extended Battery Dell Touchpad IDT 92HD93BXX Audio 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I5 3427U Panasonic CF-AX2 Intel HD 4000 Series 4GB 1333Mhz DDR3L 
Hard DriveCoolingOSOS
128GB Samsung P830 M-Sata SSD Stock Cooler Windows 10 Pro Ubuntu 17.04 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
1366x768 10.1" Touchscreen @ 60Hz Panasonix CF-AX2 EN-GB Qwerty Keyboard Panasonic 29520mWh Panasonic CF-AX2 Touchpad 
Audio
Realtek ALC269 
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