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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

1389. What programs can I remove?

I have lots of stuff installed on my new Windows computer. I don' t know if I need to keep any of the programs. How can I determine if it's safe to remove an application or driver whose name I don't recognize?

Every Windows computer has lots of apps and drivers running all the time and some of them you may not have put there.

If you want to see what they are you can bring up the task manager which you can do by right clicking on the taskbar and choosing task manager, or pressing the control+shift+escape keys to bring up the task manager. 

In there you'll see a list of everything that's running. But often do this and then go search on the Internet to see what those things are to see if I can remove some of them. I lead a sad lonely life.

Clearly on the other hand you might want to have an app that would tell you these things. If you go to the website you'll find application that's free and you can download that will examine your applications and drivers and tell you based on what other people have said which ones you can safely remove.  

I tried both techniques and they both work well and you can use them to clear your machine of things that might not really be necessary to be on your computer and running.

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