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Windows 7: Format hard drive win7 64 bit

26 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Format hard drive win7 64 bit

Would formating my hardrive and reinstalling win7 speed up my laptop?
Which way will be the best to do it? Do i create a partition not to lose all graphix and sounds software? Thanks

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26 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04

Before you reinstall Windows 7, take a look at the below tutorial. It may help you speed up your system.
Optimize Windows 7
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26 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 64bit

Thanks, i have tried most of those steps but still running slow. The laptop is about two years old. Maybe formating the hard drive is the best option for me.
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26 Nov 2011   #4

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Reinstalling Windows should be a last option. If you are just going to reinstall all the programs that you currently have it will not help much unless you have somehow corrupted your installation.

It would help us to help you if you would complete your system specs.
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26 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

What exactly is your goal, and can you describe in more detail what you feel is running too slow on your system - is it a particular application, a hardware component (i.e. copying/moving files on the HD, slow 3D graphics)...

There are many ways to speed up a computer. Some ways will affect the whole system, some will give a boost to certain components. Reinstalling the entire OS is a good way for a fresh start but it shouldn't be done just for the sake of speeding up things. That's not likely to happen unless there's an actual problem with the current system.
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26 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Can you not take your laptop to the factory condition using the recovery option? That should put your lappie in mint condition and thereafter you can reinstall only the programs you require.( This if you haven't made your own install)

Reinstalls would definitely clean all the muck that you could have accumulated in the past few years. Some users do reinstall the OS periodically for the same.

Keeping the data in a seperate partition is always best. Your system backups will then be less bulky and your reinstalls/restoring system a lot easier. Otherwise before a reinstall you will have to search and back up all data.
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26 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

At least telling us who manufactured your laptop would help us in giving you the correct recovery procedure.

Do you have a set of recovery discs or a Windows DVD?

A factory restore would help, but you'll then need to reinstall all your applications as well as backing up your personal data before hand.

Have you run Disk Cleanup?

Have you run a virus scan?

Have you uninstalled any programs you no longer use?

We do need your system specs as well as details of anything you might have installed or were doing when you noticed the performance being throttled.
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26 Nov 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Just to clarify: If you format and clean install W7 you will need to reinstall your graphics and sound software.

If you restore the factory image you will have everything installed that was on the PC when you first got it. Including any crap you have since uninstalled or deleted.
You will not have anything that was installed afterward.

You can't just move the program folders to avoid re-installation. It won't work.
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