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Year old i3 Inspiron running incredibly slow

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Hi all,

My gf came to me with some computer issues. She has a Dell Inspiron N4110 Intel Core i3 (2350 M CPU @ 2.3-GHz) with 6 GB of RAM and a 64 bit OS. It is only a year old and last time I saw it took a while to boot up but it was not as laggy as it is now. Programs take ages to load and it freezes for short periods of time. My guess is that she either has hard-drive problem or it is clogged with malware and viruses. I have installed SpyBot search and destroyed but the scan is taking forever (it took 20 mins to get it to 0.4%). I will be running a CHKDSK pretty soon here but I was wondering if you had any tips. Personally I would love to just wipe the drive and start from scratch but her OS cd's are at home and there is no hope of getting a hold of those for a while. Any advice?
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What OS, Windows 7? Which one, Basic, Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate, 32 or 64 bit?

You can download a legal copy of Windows 7 with SP1 integrated from here: 2.1 Microsoft Windows 7 Official .iso Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

YOU MUST HAVE A VALID KEY TO INSTALL THIS .ISO. The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.
  • Download and run Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3
  • Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
  • Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
  • Select your USB flash drive
  • Click Create
For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.
This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
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May Dell computer come with a hidden "factory defaults" partition.
As with a clean install, it will wipe all Data and any programs that have been installed since it was first started.
There are slightly different opions, depending on what ver of windows you have installed???
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Also, it would be good to check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostics
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