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15 free downloads to pep up your old PC

Can't afford a new PC? These free tools for Windows will help breathe new life into your old machine.

  • Keep your PC running in tip-top shape by cleaning its Windows Registry with Eusing Free Registry Cleaner.

  • Autoruns makes your PC zippier by helping you stop unnecessary programs and services from running in the background.

  • WinPatrol helps you weed out unnecessary programs from running when you start your PC.

  • Running out of hard disk space? Offload some of your files to Microsoft's SkyDrive, which gives you 25GB of free online space, accessible from anywhere.

  • Rid your PC of old files and junk with CCleaner.

  • If you want to rid your PC of duplicate music files, Duplicate Music Files Finder will solve your problem.

  • Glary Utilities is a do-it-all piece of software that can help your PC run more smoothly, and gives you extras, such as a file shredder and encryption tools.

  • Keep your PC running in tip-top shape by cleaning its Windows Registry with Eusing Free Registry Cleaner.

  • Monitor the temperature of your PC with SpeedFan.

  • Secunia PSI keeps the software on your system patched and up to date.

  • Auslogics Registry Defrag may speed up your PC by defragmenting the Registry, although not everyone believes that shrinking the size of the Registry will make a significant performance difference.

  • Clean out "craplets" and unneeded junk on your system with PC Decrapifier.

  • Want to run Linux without giving up Windows? The Wubi Ubuntu Installer installs a dual-boot version of Ubuntu Linux on your PC.

  • Get extra space on your hard disk by finding and deleting duplicate files with Easy Duplicate File Finder.

  • Get detailed information about your hardware with Belarc Advisor.

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