How to speed up your computer – Part One

October 24, 2007

old computer

One of the most often asked IT support question is “My computer is running slow, do I need a new one”. Most of the time you don’t, your computer just needs a little bit of TLC. Over the coming weeks we are getting back to basics and showing you how with a little bit of knowledge, you can get few more miles out of your existing computer.

Uninstall programs you no longer use

Before you run a fancy program that guarantees to speed your PC, your best bet is uninstall programs that you no longer use. Word of warning, if you’re not too sure what the program does your best leaving it alone. Alternatively run the program to see what it does. To help you, below are a list of programs that probably won’t make much sense, but you should keep:-

  • Microsoft .net Framework (any version)
  • Java
  • Microsoft SQL
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Anti Virus Program (Norton, AVG, McAfee, kaspersky, sophos etc)

Windows XP

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Control Panel
  3. Double click on Add or Remove Programs
  4. From the Sort By drop down select Date Last Used
  5. Work your way down the list of programs, clicking on Remove for programs you no longer use.

Windows Vista

  1. Click on Flag (Start)
  2. Click on Control Panel
  3. Underneath Programs, click on Uninstall a program
  4. Click on Views and select Details
  5. Click on Installed On to sort the list.
  6. Work your way down the list of programs, clicking on Uninstall for programs you no longer use.

Next time we will look at how to clean up wasted space on your computer.

Related posts:

  1. Blue on Windows Vista
  2. How do I hibernate my Windows XP machine?
  3. Offline Files and Folders, the 2 GB limit!
  4. Restoring Windows XP Backups on Windows Vista
  5. Setting Up Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer

Author: Support @ 10:00 am
Category: Windows


  1. Bit too techie for me

    Comment by agedmcse — October 25, 2007 @ 3:40 am

  2. Which bit?

    Comment by Jamie — October 25, 2007 @ 11:10 am

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