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9 ways to make your old PC faster

9 ways to make your old PC faster
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One of life's great pleasures is unboxing a brand-new PC or laptop. Whether you use your computer just once in a while or you're on it all day long, a new computer is all about speed.

You won't have tons of photos, videos, files or software programs bogging you down. So, even before you first plug in your new device, you're already daydreaming about blazing speeds to download media files, retrieve documents, watch videos, chat with your children and grandkids, or spend endless hours on Facebook and other sites.

But you know that excitement won't last long. Before you know it, your computer is back to freezing, slowing down or taking forever to start up. That's because, over time, you're downloading new programs, installing security updates, and adding photos and videos to your collections. Sometimes, you install programs that don't work right or weren't correctly installed. That can all slow down your computer.

There's good news, though. You can speed it up, even older computers, with these nine simple steps.

Take these one at a time to see if your computer starts working faster. Be careful, though, before you take on No. 9 by yourself. You'll be happy to know the first eight steps are a breeze.

Next page: The first 3 steps to a faster computer
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