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Large Word Document with Excel and slow computer

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I am working with someone who created a large Word document (approximately 250 plus pages) and there are approximately (50 plus of those pages) that are Excel spreadsheets. Before the student started working on this document, his computer response time was fine. Ever since that, his computer runs slowly. A couple of things have already been tried including transferring the document to a USB drive to clean up the hard drive a bit. It still remains slow. He brought it in to Best Buy and they recommended that he increase the memory as I have (he is either at 512MB or 256MB) but doesn't run any graphics programs--just MS Office. The only thing short of this that I can think of is to restore the system to factory default and reinstall all applications. Do you think that large document can be causing this issue? If there is an issue with that specific large Word document, do you think that the problem will return once he loads it back on the computer. Any suggestions?

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Ok I feel the below will clear it and give the comp back some performance.

Time to use your "runbox" to clean your computer,
(all these steps are done with the run box then)

Run Box
find and press the keys; the Windows flag botton and the R botton together(up pops the runbox)
(all these steps can be simply done by typing commands in the run box then)

Step1 deleting the prefetch files
type, or cut/paste this to runbox: prefetch
press: enter
(the prefetch folder opens)
press: Ctrl botton with the A botton(select all is the same)
press: shift + delete botton(deletes with prompt)

Step2 disc clean up
type or cut/paste this to runbox: cleanmgr.exe
choose drive(normally C: but comps differ)
press: enter(this process can take a long time)

Step3 disc defragmenter
type or cut/paste this to runbox: dfrg.msc
press enter(this process can take a long time)

Step4 checkdisk
type, or cut/paste this to runbox: chkdsk /f /r
press: enter( black window appears)
press: Y botton
press: enter
reboot the computer(this process is the longest, worse the screen may be lost before hours later the computer arrives at the welcome screen)

Step5 download: clean up.
run: cleanup

Step6 Start ups
type, or cut/paste this to runbox: msconfig
press: enter
mousemove to: start ups
keep; antivirus related and wanted entries
check: unknown entries
disable: ones you are sure are unneeded.

Good, although this has taken you a long time, I think your computer will thank you for it, and goblins love comps.
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