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Reinstalling Windows


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#1 dovbaruch

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 12:42 PM

I have a not so old computer. does reinstalling windows make it go fast again?


Question number two is if it true what should i do? a friend told to to take all the files (not programs) that i want to keep put them on my external, reinstall windows and (this is where i'm confused) run a scan that will find any corrupted areas my my hard drive so that windows will not copy over there. is that true? if so what program would i use and when should i use because if i'm reinstalling windows how can i run a scan like that?

thank ou for ur help in advance.

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 02:09 PM

does reinstalling windows make it go fast again?

Generally speaking, yes. Obviously, any improvement is limited by your computer specs.

if so what program would i use and when should i use because if i'm reinstalling windows how can i run a scan like that?

Do it now...

1. Click Start, click Run, type chkdsk /f /r, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type Y to let the disk scanner run when you restart the computer.
3. Restart the computer.
4. Chkdsk will run.

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 04:24 PM

I don't think reinstalling is a permanent solution. I have read that some folks advocate that you "need" to reinstall once a year or something like that.

My XP has been installed for 6+ years and I have never done a reinstall, repair or used a restore point (except to practice).

I did replace the motherboard about 3 years ago though (2007)... but it was the same one I had.

Mine just keeps getting faster the more I learn about it (and I do actually measure it). A couple tenths of a second here or there...

If you reinstall it will certainly run faster for a while, but soon event that will be "too slow" when the new wears off. I need things to be instantaneous so do the best I can with what I've got!

It will never be fast enough and it will never be as fast as it was, but you can almost always find ways to make things peppier.

Edited by joseibarra, 31 July 2010 - 04:27 PM.

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