Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: How to 'Clean' or 'Declutter' Windows 7

18 Jul 2013   #1
arzoo

windows 7
 
 
How to 'Clean' or 'Declutter' Windows 7

I'm running Windows 7 home for a couple of years now and over that time have had a lot of software installations, reboots, and sudden power off instances. As a result, booting up is getting longer and sometimes it boots up and things are slow so I need to reboot again.

I know these things happen as you add more stuff. I used to use a linux box before and what I always did was reset the whole thing to get a 'clean' version and just reinstall the things I needed (I keep installers of programs I currently use in backup). I know you can't do this in windows 7, but is there a way to 'clean' things so you improve performance. I don't really know the correct term for this. Also, the less risky (in terms of breaking something) the procedure the better.

Thanks.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

18 Jul 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You can't reset w7, but you can do a fresh clean install after backing up your personal data, pic, docs, etc.
Clean Install Windows 7
Note you can download a version with SP1 already installed.

Some other tips that may help.
Repair Install

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Optimize Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2013   #3
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Backup HDD Image

Once you have reinstalled Windows and gotten the updates, but before you install any programs, you should create a backup HDD image.

Note:

If you don't like Windows Backup, you may need to install something like Macrium Reflect first.

IMO, you should create another image after you have installed your programs, before you start surfing the Internet.

Restoring a backup image on your PC (re-imaging) takes a lot less time than reinstalling everything.

Tutorials
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Imaging with free Macrium

I prefer to use Macrium Reflect.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


19 Jul 2013   #4
arzoo

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the tips I'll be doing the reinstall as you mentioned. Good tips lehnerus2000, that'll give me 2 copies to restore from next time. Didn't think of that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2013   #5
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arzoo View Post
Thanks for the tips I'll be doing the reinstall as you mentioned. Good tips lehnerus2000, that'll give me 2 copies to restore from next time. Didn't think of that.
You can never have too many backups.

I create the Windows Only backup in case I decide to use totally different software (e.g. AV program).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How to 'Clean' or 'Declutter' Windows 7




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Declutter Win 7?
About a week ago, while I was downloading a Draftsight program from the net, my screen changed and said "OS missing". My computer skills are elementary at best, but I thought I could fix it with a Dell disk. I installed the disc and my OS upgraded from Win7 HE to Win7 Ultimate. I looked at the disk...
General Discussion
How can I do a clean erase of my SSD to clean install Windows 7?
I think I have a virus or malware and have been unable to get rid of it after many tries, and I am having multiple problems with this home built computer running Windows 7Pro 64bit. I installed a retail version of Windows 7Pro 64bit and I have my original installation disk. I want to do a clean...
Installation & Setup
Should I clean my HDD with Parted Magic or Diskpart clean all command?
Hi everyone i have a question about HDD Clean and also question about Win 7 64 bit :) I want to wiped out my all HDD data inside i want to delete all information like a brand new HDD. I heard that there is a program called Parted Magic can do this and also Diskpart clean all command too. ...
General Discussion
Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean
Hi Folks, I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.:confused: I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to...
Installation & Setup
clean XP hard drive using win 7 clean commands?
Hi, I want to clean/erase my xp hard drive. followed the tutorial on this forum and got to cmd - diskpart - select disk - clean all - exit but it weon't do anything. I put clean ), O clean, cean all O, etc and it just says Im not doing it right and so nothing happens. I can't find any similar...
Hardware & Devices
declutter menu application not workin'(but supposed to)
Under Vista HP I have used mmm.exe declutter menu application without any problem. After upgrading to 7 HPremium, it doesn't anymore (tried to reinstall, and to use compatibility with XP or Vista SP2, nothing). I have tried to switch to Vista Basic theme, nothing. What is odd is that the...
Software

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:54.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App