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Need to speed up this bogged down laptop

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Last Modified: 2015-04-02
I have a friend bringing over his laptop so I can clean it out and speed it up a bit, I work in an imaging lab and usually we simply reimage the thing and reload the personal data/applications. However in this scenario it's a laptop used for music studio work and has lots of software/plugins that would be a nightmare to reload.

What's a few good methods to speed up a computer bogged down from general use without reloading the OS?
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