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How to clean up your PC

Spring-clean your system inside and out

7. Next, uninstall any applications you don't use. Go to Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs. Browse through the list of programs for any that are used ‘rarely'. If you no longer need the application, click the Change/Remove button and follow the onscreen instructions.

Clean your PC: step 7

8. To stop any unnecessary application update services or scheduled tasks running in the background and slowing things down, access the Scheduled Tasks folder from Start, Control Panel. Simply right-click any of the tasks you don't need and select Delete to remove them from the list.

Clean your PC: step 8

9. Declutter your desktop by right-clicking on a free area and choosing Arrange Icons By, Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard. This will gather any unused items in a folder on the desktop labelled Unused Desktop Items. We recommend that you then move this folder into My Documents.

Clean your PC: step 9

10. Remove any duplicate files and folders using Clone Remover or Glary Utilities. Place loose files in My Music, My Pictures or My Documents, and consider creating sub-folders where helpful - such as organising your audio collection by album or artist name.

Clean your PC: step 10

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