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My XPS 17 (9710) has become sluggish to start/shutdown. When I first got it, from start to desktop was about 12-14 seconds. Now it's almost a minute. And shutdown was even quicker, and now it's even longer. So I'm thinking a fresh install of Windows might help.


What's involved in doing this (I've never done a Windows re-install before)? I'd love to be able to keep all my data & files. I'd also love to be able to keep my installed programs, although I understand that may be the issue, and I might have to re-install them after Windows refreshes.


For those of you who've done this before, is this more trouble than it's worth? Your thoughts and feedback appreciated!


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There is a Windows “reset” feature that you can access from Settings that basically does this. There is an option to keep your files. You won’t be able to keep installed programs and achieve the “fresh reset” that you are looking for.


You might have to install some drivers but just one run of Windows Update should take care of that. (If the WiFi driver is required first, you can get that from the Dell support site.)

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