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Remove Unneeded "Toy" Utilities

If you're anything like me, you probably like to collect "neat" freeware utilities and install them on your system, because they're fun to play with. They can be very handy, but they can also take up a lot of memory and system resources if you use too many of them, and uninstalling some will yield back some system resources that might otherwise be lost.

Usually the culprits are being automatically loaded when Windows starts. The best place to look is in the "StartUp" folder under "Programs" from the Windows 95 start menu. Every item on that list is loaded automatically when Windows starts up so removing some of them will conserve resources. To do this, go to the file folder "C:\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp" and remove any items that seem extraneous. This will stop the item from loading, but won't actually remove it from the hard disk, which means you can reactivate it later if necessary. Be careful of what you delete, of course.

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