Ever felt frustrated when your computer is running slow? Over time your computer's performance can deteriorate and regular maintenance is necessary to keep it running at its best.

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The following tips will help address this and will enable you to improve your PC’s speed and overall performance.

1: Remove Files Which Are No Longer Needed

Every time you browse the Internet or otherwise use your computer, temporary files are generated. They are usually only needed once but in most cases they don’t disappear on their own. Instead, they can gather over time and affect your computer’s performance.

While it is possible to remove these files individually, it’s much easier and quicker to use Windows inbuilt Disk Cleanup tool to remove these files.

You can find Disk Cleanup in the Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup.

Try to do this regularly to keep your computer’s disk drive clean.

2: Uninstall Unnecessary Programs

By getting into the habit of uninstalling unused and unneeded programs, you can keep your computer a lot less cluttered. In turn, your PC’s performance could improve.

You can uninstall a program from your computer in this way by using its Add/Remove Programs feature for Windows XP or the Programs and Features in Windows Vista/7, both are found in the Control Panel.

3: Empty the Recycle Bin

When you click “delete” on a file, it doesn’t go away for good. Instead, it stays in the Recycle Bin. As items pile up in the Recycle Bin, your computers performance can be affected.

You can choose to empty the Recycle Bin by Right Clicking on the Icon on the Desktop and then Choose the Empty Recycle Bin option. This small but important task can make a huge difference.

4: Perform a Disk Defragmentation

Windows can be inefficient when it comes to storing files. It usually splits them up, and stores them into whatever hard drive space is available. The more spaced apart the pieces of a file are, the harder your computer has to work to make them run.

The Windows Disk Defragmentation system tune-up utility works to piece all of those files back together again. You can set it up to run automatically, or run it manually when you require. By doing so, you’ll be able to keep your computer running at its optimum.

To run Disk Defragmenter go into the Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

When it comes to keeping your computer running at its best, regular maintenance is the best way to go.

By using the basic system tune-up tools listed above, you should be able to keep it running at its optimum level for a lot longer. Even if your computer has been performing slowly for some time, by performing these tasks you should see a marked improvement.