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Win­dows has made great strides when it comes to longevity. In the days of Win­dows 95 or Win­dows XP, the op­er­at­ing sys­tem grad­u­ally turned into a mid­dle-aged man eat­ing a fry-up for break­fast ev­ery day – the ar­ter­ies be­came so clogged that the only op­tion was ma­jor surgery: re­in­stall and start afresh.

Things have im­proved but are still far from per­fect. The drip-drip of down­loads, data and driver in­stal­la­tions will slowly ham­per the per­for­mance of even the most high­pow­ered PC. Main­te­nance is es­sen­tial if you don’t want a trip to the op­er­at­ing the­atre.

In this fea­ture, we’re go­ing to re­veal many ways to put the zing back into your PC. The ad­vice is bro­ken into three sec­tions: light touch, ad­vanced tin­ker­ing and, fi­nally, the nuclear op­tions – in­clud­ing wipe it clean and start from scratch. Al­though even that’s not as painful as it might be if you fol­low the ad­vice in our six-step walk­through.

So, whether you’ve got a PC that’s only just start­ing to show signs of fa­tigue or one that’s gasp­ing for breath, we’ve got reme­dies to suit all con­di­tions.

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