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User Info: Cobra1010

9 months ago#1
Hi, my sisters lenovo y50 laptop is getting really slow now. She wasnt given a disk for reinstalling windows when she bought it.

Can someone give me some detailed instructions on how to do it?

The laptop is running windows 8.1 64bit.
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User Info: godplaysSNES

9 months ago#2
People are saying it still works to upgrade to Windows 10, so I'd just try that.
You can just use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool and get Win10 onto an USB or DVD, and then choose whether to clean install or in-place upgrade (if you don't have a label with the key I'd try in-place upgrade first and then clean install afterwards). Windows 10 even has a built-in option for clean reinstall.

If you're set on sticking to Windows 8.1 though, there's also a built-in option for reinstalling.
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User Info: Renraku_San

9 months ago#3
1. Open laptop and remove cover to access hard drive
2. Remove hard drive from mount
3. Carefully use a damp cloth to wipe the hard drive clean on both sides
4. Carefully use a dry cloth to ensure the drive is completely dry
5. Remount hard drive
6. Put the cover back on
7. Relish in your newly clean hard drive
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