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How to speed up Windows 7: the ultimate guide to speeding up a slow PC

If your PC seems sluggish, you can revive its performance using these simple techniques. Here’s how to speed up Windows 7 and other versions.
Computers slow down over time and what was once a fast system can become slow and irritating to use after a couple of years. A new PC always impresses with the speed at which it starts and runs Windows and other software, but it is noticeably slower after being used for some time. It is frustrating the way that computers can take several minutes to start up or shut down and everything slows to a crawl before you’ve even paid off the loan. Eventually they become so bad that you might even give up completely and buy a new computer. Here’s how to speed up a slow PC. (See all Windows tips and tutorials.)

Fortunately there are ways of tackling the lethargy to restore most of your PC’s original speed, which means you shouldn’t need to spend any money on a new one. This prolongs the life of the computer and reduces the annoyance factor that inevitably builds when using old hardware. (See also How to restore a laptop and keep Microsoft Office.)
Here, we’ll look at five ways you can speed up a Windows PC, but Apple Macs suffer from the same problem and the solutions are similar too.
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Part of the reason why old PCs take so long to start is because of all the programs and utilities you’ve installed. Reducing the number of applications which start-up when Windows boots enables you to get to the desktop faster and increases the memory available.
At the right side of the taskbar, click the arrow to display the notification icons. Each is a program that loads with Windows. Some are essential – antivirus software for example – but others may not be. Right click each one and if there is a Settings menu, select it and turn off the option to start automatically with Windows. Some programs, such as Google Drive, can be manually started when they are needed instead of running all the time.

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