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You Will Need
- Basic computer knowledge
Defragment your computer
Use the Defragment and Disk Cleanup options on your computer by going to the Tools tab under Properties for your hard drive.
Empty the Startup folder
Empty your Startup folder to decrease boot time by clicking on the Start button, selecting Programs, and then deleting items in the Startup folder.
Delete large files
Delete large files, such as movies, music, or pictures, to free up memory on your hard drive. Then empty the Recycle Bin on your Desktop.
Update virus protection
Update your virus and spyware protection and run a full system scan. This may also take some time, so be prepared to wait.
Upgrade your computer with a faster processor, more memory, and the latest operating system if you need a more dramatic increase in performance.