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18 simple, free fixes for your Vista or XP PC

PC Advisor's ultimate PC repair kit

Whether your PC is truly ailing or has a classic case of hypochondria, PC Advisor has 18 simple, free ways to ensure your Windows XP or Vista system is raring to go.

Despite years of refinement and the collective experience of millions of users, Windows remains as buggy, enigmatic and failure-prone as ever. Each new release of the operating system (OS) adds a little glitz and a handful of new features – and just as many headaches.

Sometimes Vista's new features and improved functions seem to be more trouble than they're worth, and older sibling XP certainly isn't getting any easier to live with as it ages.

Fortunately, you don't have to spend hours researching the cures for Windows' ills. We've distilled the most important fixes and slick improvements into steps that you can implement in mere minutes.

These tips will accelerate your startups and shut downs, automate system maintenance and get you browsing at full throttle.

Fix your PC for free

  1. PC Advisor's ultimate PC repair kit
  2. Spyware & adware
  3. How to disable and remove spyware
  4. Startup issues
  5. Startup: lose lingerers
  6. Memory matters
  7. Stifle Shadow Copies' wastefulness
  8. Recover lost data
  9. System Works file recovery
  10. Web connection woes
  11. Disgnose your web connection
  12. Speed tweaks
  13. Windows won't boot


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