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my 4 year old w7 laptop is slow. I dont know anything about software

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my laptop is a envy 4-1043CL ultrabook and about 4 years old.

it came with w7 pre-installed and all that stuff so i dont have a w7 disc or know my serial key.

but my question is, because i want to make sure its FULLY cleaned, how can i do a full hard drive wipe? (I think it also came with an ssd for the OS however, not 100% sure)

and if i do this full hard drive wipe, will it 100% kill all viruses? and will it mess up my laptop? how would i install all the necessary drivers when i dont know what parts it has, thus, not sure what drivers i should be installing?


(this question is also due to the fact that i am deciding to sell my laptop)
post #2 of 7
When you run the Windows installer, on the drive select screen, delete all partitions that show up in that screen and then press next with the drive selected (There should only be one drive that appears).
This will create a fresh new partition, like you just formatted the drive. biggrin.gif
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Also try defragging your hard drive (google "disk defragment"). Doesn't make a major difference most of the time, but helps.
post #4 of 7
Did the laptop come with any driver disks at all? All of the laptops that I have bought in my past have come with the standard drivers on a disk. If it did not, or you have lost it, you can almost always find the drivers for the laptop online. Actually...here is a link to them: .

If you want to do a fresh reinstall of windows, you will need the software on either a disk or a USB with a mounted image file. These files can also be found online at the microsoft website. There are many many guides that will walk you through how to do a fresh install of windows. You can find your current serial number in the control panel (Control Panel/System and Security/System).

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Account Banned View Post

Also try defragging your hard drive (google "disk defragment"). Doesn't make a major difference most of the time, but helps.
If he is doing a fresh install, he will be formatting the drive so de-fragmenting won't change anything.
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post #6 of 7
To me it sounds like you're a little unsure of what to do?

Before you go to all that trouble, and trust me it can be very frustrating if you're unsure.

I'd download Combofix from bleeping computer and let it run

Malware Anti Malware bytes for Malware, and C Cleaner for the unwanted registry entries.

Let them do there thing 1 at a time and then if you still feel the need to reinstall...have at it.

Good Luck!! thumb.gif
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Quote:
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If he is doing a fresh install, he will be formatting the drive so de-fragmenting won't change anything.

Oops, I wasn't thinking about that >_< my brain just said "fresh install... good. defragment... good" lol.
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