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All, I have obtained a second-hand PC, Toshiba Satellite C655 running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit. The thing is quite slow in every way imaginable. I have uninstalled almost all non-essential programs using "Uninstall a Program," run CCleaner, SuperAntiSpyware, MalwareBytes AntiMalware, run Disk Cleanup & Disk Defragmenter.

What else can I do to help this thing out?

Ideally, a system recovery would be best, as there's nothing on the computer I care about keeping, but I have no disks.

Help? :)
 

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3 GB memory, i3 2310M CPU @ 2.1 GHz

Enough that it shouldn't be as slow as it is.
 
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3gb is good.....4 would be better
Does it have a recovery partition?
Does it have a windows 7 COA on the case anywhere??
 

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It does have a recovery partition. I hadn't thought of that. Does this seem like a decent guide for factory reset from recovery partition? http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/laptop/3462995/factory-reset-laptop/

I followed the first couple steps, but didn't execute it yet. Anything I should do before hand? From a search here, I understand that I need to go through device manager to write down the names of the sound card & a couple other things in case I need to go back to find drivers.

It has the COA on the bottom w/product key.
 
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the recovery should load all the drivers........ after the recovery, it should be exactly the same as when it was new

also the toshiba website should have step by step instructions for the recovery
 

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Thank you, kindly :)

It's running. I assume if that doesn't really fix it, it's likely a hardware issue of some sort?
 

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lol....I meant the reset is running. My bad :)

I usually run AVG antivirus. I've read a lot about Avast, but never used it. From my understanding it hogs less memory, so it may be worth a shot.
 

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^All good tips.

Finally got home and a chance to boot it up & mess around with it. 10,000 times better! Runs like new! (big shock, right? lol)

I've never seen this many Windows Updates....181 updates & almost 1GB of files. Thanks a million.
 
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