Step 3: Reinstall Windows!

 Step 3:
Get your Windows installation disk and boot your pc from it. If you dont know how then google it. All you have to do is follow the prompts that you get and fill in the blank areas as they come up and reinstalling the OS should be a breeze. Once it is completed it is on to step 4.
Make the switch to Ubuntu and forget about virus ' s and slow PC's.
I was afraid this was going to be another &quot;defrag, empty recycle bin&quot; howto - you actually give a few decent tips, though.<br> <br> No need to reinstall windows, though; just cutting out unused services or setting them to delayed startup works wonders.<br> <br> If you must use msconfig, keep in mind that it is intended as a diagnostic tool and should be used as such. I've fixed several computers brought in for service by simply undoing msconfig changes. And I've fixed several others by running windows update.<br> <br> If you want to apply all msconfig changes, however, just delete the key 'HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig' in regedit.<br>
Good guide on reseting the system, but not good for those people who cannot afford to lose data of any kind.<br /> <br /> Good, though.
&nbsp;Thank you, I had forgotten to post that you can use either an external hard drive or some other form of external storage to back up all of your data, or as mentioned in the instructable you can use some form of free online backup solution such as Dropbox, and Mozy.<br /> <br /> Also, if you do happen to use an external drive for backup I highly recommend that after your complete this instructable you scan your external drive with Microsoft Security Essentials before transferring your files back to your fresh installation.&nbsp;<br />

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