Five freeware programs to help speed up Windows
You bought a new computer several months ago and it starting to slow down. Windows will start to slow down over time. Here are five free downloads to help speed up windows.
1. CCleaner (Download)
Crap Cleaner. The name says it all. CCleaner cleans up unused temporary files and traces left by a myriad of programs. CCleaner also doubles triples up as a registry cleaner and an uninstaller. Ask anyone who has used it – they’ll tell you how great the program is.
2. Startup Delayer (Download)
When Windows boots, your startup programs are also loaded along with it which causes a drag in initial performance – there are many programs that you probably won’t use in the first few minutes or so – what’s the point in loading them anyway? Startup Delayer can be used to launch the startup programs sometime after Windows boots (e.g.: I can use this app to launch my media player about 10 minutes after Windows starts).
3. PC Decrapifier (Download)
This freeware can remove all the bloatware that comes preloaded with your brand new computer. PC Decrapifier uses this list and removes all the preinstalled software in one go, unattended – doing it manually will be pain in the neck. Restart and voila! Windows should run faster because you’ve removed most of the crapware.
4. Defraggler (Download)
Coming from the makers of aforementioned CCleaner, Defraggler speeds up the otherwise slow defragment process and lets you defrag individual files. It can be carried on your pen drive as a single .exe file. Supports both NTFS and FAT32 file systems. Defragmenting should make Windows run faster.
5. TweakUI (Download)
Tweak UI comes straight from Microsoft. This paragraph is just not enough to list all the things it lets you tweak. It can fine-tune everything from the Windows user interface to the Windows menu speed, making Windows run considerably faster. This is a must have for everyone who likes to tinker with their Windows OS to get the best out of it.