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Old 09-11-2007, 06:57 PM
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I had taken my laptop to Best Buy for a new display a couple of weeks ago and asked them to check out what was causing it to run a little slow. they said a restore and tweak would do it. To make a long story short, I purchased a registry fix program and made some adjustments to my security. This did help. What I need to know is if I do a restore from my recovery disks, and knock out my data, then use my ex. hard drive, would that bring me back to the settings that were hindering me in the first place? What is it that geek squad does to "tweak" and restore? The computer was originally configured by them. I tried googling the subject but did'nt find what I wanted. Worse comes to worse, I'll just cough up the 2 bills and have em take care of it. Thank's in advance
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:06 PM
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Registry fix programs general cause more harm then good IMO. I never use them.

I'm not sure what you asking about using the old drive.

General what slows down an OS is Spyware/ Addware.
Most repair shops clean your system of this crap to improve your speed.
However if it is too far gone then it's cheaper to format and do a fesh install due to the time VS $$ factor.

If your going to do the fresh install your going to need the windows cd unless they have it installed on another partition on your drive. Seems most of the store units have some sort of a restore feature build into the boot up profile.
Keep in mind you will loose all your old data when doing a format/ install. But you will have a brand new OS to screw up again.

The other way is to try and clean it yourself.
A few good free programs to use are:

Note: When running these get all the updates for them first.
Also it's best to turn off system restore while cleaning your system.
And Spybot I would run in safemode first.

There are other programs you can use but these are the first 2 I turn too.
If they can't clean your system you will at least know what problem your dealing with then attack it from there for that specif problem.

May the force be with you on your quest for lost speed.
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:43 PM
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Thank's! When I said ex., I meant external hard drive, which is my back up.
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Old 09-11-2007, 11:51 PM
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If you have an official MS Windows CD you can easily do a Clean Install on your own. You may not have received one with your laptop/desktop.

This web site has step by step instructions on a clean installation procedure.

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Old 09-12-2007, 09:36 AM
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Thank's Bob, No I did not recieve an offical windows cd. My recovery disks were created when I first bought my computer home from the store. As far as cleaning up, at first I used Norton and presently running Trend Micro.
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