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15 Feb 2011  
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There is really no general procedure to checkout your system. You can run sfc /scannnow in elevated cmd to see whether you have corrupted system files. But that's about it. If a specific program like your guitar program has problems, you'll have to sort them out on a per case basis.

As far as running programs eating your CPU - disable everything except the AV program in the startups. WinPatrol is an easy tool for that - unless you want to use msconfig. Else, close programs when they are not needed.
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