Discover how to stream­line your PC for an ex­tra burst of speed with the help of these pow­er­ful—and free—apps


Win­dows has been de­signed for max­i­mum com­pat­i­bil­ity, so while it runs on a wide range of PCs, it’s not been optimized for any of them. This is where the apps in this part of the fea­ture come into play. They give you the tools re­quired to speed up your PC in sev­eral ways. As is usu­ally the case with apps, less is more— there’s no point rec­om­mend­ing 100 apps whose com­bined de­mands out­weigh the ben­e­fits of us­ing them in the first place, which is why we’ve pared them down to five.

You’ll find our fa­vorite tool for man­ag­ing startup, en­abling you to both mon­i­tor and im­prove the way Win­dows loads. If you’re fre­quently blighted by lock­ups, then Process Lasso can keep those runaway pro­grams in check. There’s also a safe tool for tweak­ing low-level Ser­vices to free up more sys­tem re­sources, JetBoost for tem­po­rar­ily halt­ing un­nec­es­sary pro­cesses when run­ning games or other de­mand­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, and a handy de­frag tool to build upon Win­dows’ own.

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