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After destructive reformat, computer soon returns to poor performance. Please help.

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I have lousy computer habits. I have a Windows desktop, home version 8.1, 64 bit . I did a destructive reformat after backing up all files, etc. But I have a lot of computer programs that I had to re-install, such as the Office Suite, Adobe Suite(including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign). On top of that, I have several stock market charting software programs that I use for trading.

In addition, my usage habits are terrible. I record webinars using Camtasia, and save them to the desktop, so I can find them, which becomes cluttered with icons. I also open up many windows in my browser and don't reboot daily.

I used to defrag and get rid of temp files(I don't delete history, either) Eventually, so much stuff is opened, my computer locks up and I have to use task mgr to shut down programs.

Which of my habits contributes the most to poor performance? What do the experts do to keep their operating systems running smoothly?

Lastly, many say desktops will soon go the way of the dinosaur, but I don't see how my phone can ever replace the wide screen for my more mature eyes. How do you feel about this?
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