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Reinstall Windows... If You Dare
It is a radical step, but reinstalling Windows will sometimes yield a significant performance increase. This is not something that I would advocate lightly, or to everyone, but in some situations it can make sense. In particular, a reinstall can be beneficial if any of the following apply:
To do a reinstallation properly, you need to start with a clean slate. This means backing up your data and reinstalling Windows from scratch. (Reinstalling over top of the old installed Windows is easier, but generally does not accomplish much.)
Warning: Reinstalling Windows
is a big job, and includes the risk of lost programs and data. You may have problems
getting the system set up again exactly the way you had it before. It is for this reason
that I don't recommend it for most situations. Don't try this unless you know what you are
doing (I may add a procedure to the site for this at some point but right now you're on
your own. :^) )