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Posted · Original PosterOP

Might be a stupid question, especially since I've been using computers all my life and built my own computer. buuut, is there a way to make computer "new again" without having to do a fresh OS install? I use Ccleaner, Malwarebytes products, and I occasionally manually go through my Data folders and delete any unwanted programs. There is also defragging but I only have 1 HDD. The rest of my drives are SSDs. The reason why I don't want to do a fresh install is because I have almost 300 Steam games, 10 or so Origin Games, Uplay games, and 1 GOG game. Now, I know that most of those games especially steam games, don't need to be erased since they are on a separate drive than what my OS is installed on (OS is on m.2 and games are on HDD/SSDs) However, I do have a LOT of programs on my m.2 that would be an extreme pain to reacquire or download ect. Its mostly the programs on my m.2 that I don't want to stop working.. So any other tips for juicing up a computer without fresh OS install?


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I have a beefy build but I have been using this computer for quite some time now and is obviously not running to its full potential. It also probably doesn't help that when I upgraded to Windows 10, I did the free upgrade and Not a fresh install. So any problems i might have had in Win 8.1 (classic shell) probably copied over to my now current win 10 build. 


Anyway, I'd appreciate any tips anyone has to offer. 

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You can reformat your hard drives and do that Ccleaner and malwarebytes thing, its good too. 

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25 minutes ago, Carlos1010 said:

You can reformat your hard drives and do that Ccleaner and malwarebytes thing, its good too. 

Reformatting means wiping the drives completely.


What is not running at its "full potential" is it the drives gpu,cpu? Have you updated your gpu drivers?


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I mean you can go through and manually remove all the crap files, just like an os installation would do, it just takes really long. Also, I would just remove all those programs that you download for that one reason then never used again, and make sure you don't have any adware/malware/spyware.

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if you're running windows 10 you can reset windows while leaving user data intact. Though you will have to install your programs and games again.

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