Is your computer performing slower that when you bought it? You are most likely in need of a computer tune up. Although you can bring it to a computer technician to have it fixed up some of you might be interested in trying a few things yourselves.

After using your computer for a while, it starts to become bogged down with things that have been added since you got it. These things can include registry entries, unwanted software or temporary internet files. It might be a good idea to do this on your computer monthly, but this obviously depends on how much use your computer gets. The more use the computer gets, the more regularly you should run these maintenance tasks.

Are you ready to get rid of this junk? OK. Do this! (These instructions are for Windows XP)

1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. Run the disk cleanup with the default settings that it recommends. After the disk cleanup is complete you will see it disappear. You have just removed a lot of unnecessary temporary files from your computer.

2. Click Start, go to Control Panel click “Add/Remove Programs”. Now you can uninstall programs from your computer. Try uninstalling software that you are not using anymore. If you are unsure what it is, it is probably best to leave it installed.

3. Now you might want to run a disk defragment utility. This will organize the files on your hard disk and improve performance.

  • Open My Computer
  • Right-click the local disk volume that you want to defragment, and then click Properties.
  • On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now.
  • Click Defragment.

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