Performance Improvement Tip #2

Tip #2 – Remove Unnecessary Applications

Another thing we do when tuning up a PC is to evaluate all of the installed programs and applications and remove any that are not needed, which will also free up disk space. People are always surprised at the number of applications that their computer can accumulate over time and how unnecessary many of those applications actually are. Be sure to document what was installed and check the usage of the application in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box. If a good backup has been performed, you can take a relatively aggressive approach to removing programs. This cleanup is pretty basic, but can offer some real-world performance improvements and give some insight into how your PC has been used over its lifespan.

To uninstall programs:

  • You will need to log in as administrator or have administrator privileges.
  • Open the Windows Start menu and select Control Panel , then Programs, Programs and Features and then select Uninstall Program (Add/Remove Programs on some operating systems)
  • You will see a list of all the programs installed on your computer, the publisher, the date it was installed and how much disk space it uses. Go through the list and select each program you would like to uninstall. It will ask you if you are sure before deleting each program.
  • Some suggested applications to remove: OpenOffice (if they also have MS Office), Adobe Download Mgr, HP Safety & Comfort and any anti-virus software you’re not using.


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