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#1 Cromlech

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:38 PM

I don't know if this has been posted before, but I couldn't see it if it has.

I am looking to improve my laptops' performance by removing any unnecessary files or programs. Can anyone tell me what I don't need to keep or if it is easier, what stuff I do need?

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 11:19 PM

Backup your data.
Do a clean install of your OS.
Download drivers from the manufacturers website
install
there you go that takes it all off

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:31 AM

Thank you, I'll give that a go.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:15 PM

If I may suggest to download your drivers to removable media prior to wiping and reinstalling your OS. This way you have them readily available for install and avoid issues while looking for them after the fact.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:05 PM

Thanks very much :).

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:16 PM

You're quite welcome.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:41 PM

My response is a bit late but I hope the suggestions made are what Cromlech wants. Removing all programs off the laptop does not in my view constitute removing unnecessary programs. Some of the apps may be wanted. Depending on what is installed, it may be a real pain reinstalling wanted apps. Last time I had to reinstall the OS after a crash it took 16 hours straight to reinstall all my software.




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