Speed up your PC

Dis­cover all the tips, tech­niques and hard­ware up­grades you need to boost your PC’s per­for­mance and lengthen its life

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Give your com­puter a new lease of life with these top tricks, tips and tweaks

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 ten 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 penny.

There’s the in­evitable clean-up of course – most speed prob­lems can be traced to in­creas­ing the load on your com­puter over time, so we’ll start by strip­ping things back. Then we’ll help you ex­am­ine the time it takes your PC 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 PC a new lease of life.

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 on it. And we’ll fin­ish by re­veal­ing which hard­ware com­po­nents you might want to swap out for faster, newer ones to give it a real lift. 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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