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I have this recurring slowdown with my system that seems to not go away. I have run Spybot, Ad-aware, AVG, RegCleaner, and WinOptimizer in safe mode to no success. Lots of crap cleaned out, but still a generally slow system (i.e. it takes 30 secs to start calculator!?!). I have run a defrag as well with no success. I am not using much physical memory and CPU usage looks normal (not staying at high levels all the time), but drive access goes into these long periods of sustained activity, and my CD drives routinely "lose" the discs in them, needing a complete eject and reload before read. None of the problems existed until a few weeks ago. To get to the main question:

Should I reinstall Windows? I can reinstall with out losing other data, correct? (just don't format in windows install?)

EDIT: Every time I try to run a DOS program it gives me an error about "16-bit Windows Subsystem", although that's been happening for quite some time now.
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just curious, how many processes does your comp. run at startup?
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I'm not sure - is there a good way to find that out? I am running 51 right now (got a few programs open), but I have always had that many with no considerable slowdown.
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try reducing the amount of programs your computer is running before reinstalling windows, that number is very high.

I suggest you get some good anti-spyware and run it.

just to see if you performance improves, go to start>run> type msconfig> go to the STARTUP tab and click disable all and reboot.

that should get the number of processes down some, I'm sure your performance will improve. When you wish to get more advanced about it, check some of the "how to optimize windows" faqs and/or pm me.

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The fact still remains that that many programs/processes were running before this slowdown, and it seemed to be a sudden event (good performance one day, crappy the next). Does anyone know how to reinstall w/o losing your data? I hear about the "repair" installs, but all that gives you is a command prompt. WHat do you do from there?
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