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10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer Now

1. Shut off unneeded services and start-up programs

You might not even realize it, but when you first log onto your PC, dozens of programs and services -- most of which you don't need -- start up automatically. Some rear their ugly heads in the system tray (that little collection of icons next to the clock in Windows), but others run quietly in the background, with you none the wiser.

Now, don't get scared. These instructions will probably take you to corners of your operating system (OS) you haven't seen before. But follow our instructions for Mac, Windows, and Linux, and you should notice slightly quicker performance and, potentially, much faster boot times.