SPEED UP YOUR PC

Dis­cover the tips and tech­niques you need to boost your PC’s per­for­mance and lengthen its life.

Maximum PC - - FRONT PAGE - By Nick Peers

Tips and tweaks to give your PC a se­ri­ous boost

Does your PC strug­gle to keep up with the de­mands you place upon it? Do you think that it might be time to bite the bul­let and buy a new one? If your PC is un­der five years old, there’s a good chance you can ex­tend its life with­out hav­ing to in­cur the cost of a to­tal re­place­ment. In this guide, we’ll show you all the tips and tricks you need to speed up your PC—and many of the tech­niques we re­veal won’t cost you a dime.

There’s the in­evitable clean-up of course—most speed prob­lems can be traced to the in­creas­ing load on your com­puter over time, so we’ll start things off by strip­ping things back there. This is of­ten com­pounded by the fact that Win­dows Up­dates can be less than op­ti­mal at clean­ing up after them­selves, so toss­ing out the junk, and get­ting rid of things you don’t need can of­ten have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the overall speed of your ma­chine. After that, we’ll help you ex­am­ine the time it takes your sys­tem to start up—not only will our tips and tricks elim­i­nate boot-time bot­tle­necks, but you’ll also free up more sys­tem re­sources, and give your com­puter a new lease of life. Hon­estly, even if your ma­chine feels fine to you right now, speed­ing up your Win­dows boot can have a se­ri­ous ef­fect on your per­cep­tion of how re­spon­sive it is (or isn’t).

We’ll then look into some clever sys­tem tweaks that can free up your ma­chine even fur­ther, help­ing to im­prove its re­spon­sive­ness and per­for­mance when heav­ier de­mands are placed upon it. And if there’s a par­tic­u­lar job you need to per­form at the fastest pos­si­ble per­for­mance, we’ll show you how to strip ev­ery­thing else back.

Fol­low our guide to its end, and you’ll won­der why you ever thought about re­plac­ing your PC, as it frees it­self from its shack­les, and re­ally starts to fly.

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