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The way to clean your registry is to thoroughly back up your data, and re-install your system. The removes all the remnants of software installed and removed over the years from your registry, and it starts totally clean again. I've found that this is a really good way to regain the "new" speed of your computer when you're really ready to do that.
There are other steps that you can take that will speed things up incrementally, but other than replacing your system disk with an SSD, the best single thing that you can do for performance is to re-install your OS. You can also add memory until you've reached the maximum that your computer will support, of course.
On the other hand, keep in mind that as time goes on, updated and larger applications and updates to your OS will slow it down to some degree, that's life with computers and software. So it will most likely never be as fast as it initially was, since software gains mass over the years. Unless you don't apply OS updates (not advisable), and don't put newer software on your computer (not likely *smile*). As time goes on, and computer hardware gets faster, software designers will design their applications to take advantage of faster computers, more memory, etc. And the same old computers running that software will slow down some, nothing that you can do about that except buy a faster computer *smile*.
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