From the Ed­i­tor

Computer Active (UK) - - Welcome - Daniel Booth ed­i­tor@com­put­er­ac­

Com­put­er­ac­tive moved of­fices re­cently, so we needed a big clearout. It’s as­ton­ish­ing how much clut­ter had grown around my desk. It seemed to have spread like Ja­panese Knotweed through a Cotswolds gar­den. And yet I was still ner­vous about what to throw away. Would I need that old cof­fee-stained notepad? Whose phone num­ber is on that Post-it note? Should I pack the kitchen sink?

I know that many of you have sim­i­lar doubts when clear­ing junk from your PC. You re­alise how im­por­tant it is to do, but worry that you’ll ac­ci­den­tally uninstall files that are es­sen­tial to how your PC runs. So in this is­sue’s Cover Fea­ture (page 50) we ex­plain pre­cisely what’s safe to re­move, and what you must keep.

I hope you’ll find it use­ful, but I’ll un­der­stand if the task of clean­ing your PC doesn’t rank par­tic­u­larly highly in your life’s achieve­ments. You can share these with other peo­ple by turn­ing your life story into a pod­cast (page 40).

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