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Speed up your PC's startup time by getting rid of software you don't need

Speed up your PC's startup time by getting rid of software you don't need
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If you're like most people, you've had a PC that takes forever to start. You turn it on in the morning, and by the time it finishes opening all its software programs, you've already made a pot of coffee, and had your first cup.

There are loads of reasons that may be happening. But, good news, one of the problems slowing down your PC is easy to fix. Actually, it's really easy to fix.

That problem is having too many programs that automatically load each time you turn on your computer. If you've ever downloaded a program, say the video chat software Skype, you know that there are little boxes that you need to click or unclick during its installation.

You've probably done this a million times. You just go through the motions by clicking through the installation wizard's prompts, "Next," "Next," and so on. Often, some of those boxes with little checkmarks are installing software, toolbars and other things you don't want, or need.

For instance, you may rarely use a program like Apple's iTunes and, yet, it automatically loads up every morning when you wake up. Or, worse, you don't remember downloading a program like Microsoft's OneDrive, but there it is.

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