TUNE UP YOUR SYSTEM
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.