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Speed Up Your Old PC: 4 Tips
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Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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5/22/2014 | 12:17:35 PM
SSD
Biggest performance boost in nearly all cases is an SSD and an OS refresh, that is if by 'system', you mean the hardware.

In the case where one wants to preserve their OS install, an SSD can still help with opening files faster and such, used as a data storage drive.

How fast is an SSD? I got a Samsung 840 EVO maybe 6 months ago. It was pretty much top of chart at Passmark, once you exclude the super expensive exotic drives. Many people know how long it takes to open Photoshop. With that 840 EVO, Photshop opens in about a second.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/22/2014 | 9:51:41 AM
Re: Weak List Sorry
I appreciate the feedback. Our readership includes users at many levels of technical expertise and we realize some articles may seem more basic to those of you at the higher end of the spectrum. We try to do different articles for different readers. If you guys have other tips to share, please feel free to share them in comments.
anon4400267247
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anon4400267247,
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5/22/2014 | 9:40:34 AM
Older PC's
If you have an older machine running XP or Vista then a simple tune-up is probably just putting lipstick on a pig. To be fair I did upgrade one of my older machines to Windows 8.1 but it was upper-end on the hardware specs when it was new. It is still quite viable for everyday use as long as you don't try stream or edit 1080P videos on the thing.

Honestly, I would rather take most vintage hardware and just overwrite Windows with a new copy of Lubuntu or Xubuntu and just roll with it. An old P4 or Core Duo with 2 gb of ram runs amazing well if you were used to an old bloated Windows install.
INNO4_Chuck
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INNO4_Chuck,
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5/22/2014 | 9:20:41 AM
Missed an OBVIOUS one...
Upgrade to an SSD. Agree with other comments. This list is weak.
majenkins
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majenkins,
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5/22/2014 | 9:05:27 AM
Weak List Sorry
No offence but Information Week is still a technical publication correct? Well that being the case there is nothing in this article that is new, anyone that has worked in this indiustry for more than 3 years should be able to produce this same list. If you published this article in USAToday or some other general news, general user, publication then it would be good.
EmilyNguyen12321
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EmilyNguyen12321,
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5/21/2014 | 7:58:40 PM
Not very helpful tips
I don't really like the tips. Seems to general and not specific to the issue. I'de recommend using tools like Synei System Utilities or Tune-Up utilities. All you have to do is 1 click "Optimize" button and it'll basically do all the work for you. Helped my pc out a lot. 
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