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How to clean up your PC for maximum performance

Organise your desktop and remove junk files

It’s time to make resolutions to detox and declutter. We show you how to apply the same resolve to your PC life, speeding up your machine in the process.

Step 5. It isn’t always possible to completely remove all traces of a program using Windows’ utility. For this, you need Revo Uninstaller. In Revo’s interface, double-click a program’s icon to remove it. You can then scan for and remove leftover files or Registry entries.

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Step 6. Many programs autoload at startup, so you don’t need to wait around when you later want to use them – but you don’t always want to use them. Enter msconfig in the Start menu Search bar. Click the Startup tab in the System Configuration window and deselect any programs you don’t want to launch at startup. Press Apply, Ok.

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Step 7. Free boot-analysis tool Soluto offers advice on which programs can be safely removed from the startup process. This handy utility improves on the System Configuration tool’s functionality by also letting you defer certain items to load just after the desktop becomes responsive.

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Step 8. Services can also be prevented from running at startup, but be careful: Windows will require some of these to function properly. Enter services.msc into the Start menu Search bar to display a list of startup services, then head to Black Viper to identify which of those services can be delayed or disabled.

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