In the course of using a computer, apps, programs and games get installed. Over time, all the software on the system can gobble up a lot of space. Some of these programs download additional files, filling up your hard drive even more.

Eventually, you move on from some apps that you no longer need and install new ones that you do. The old programs keep accumulating and contribute to slowing down the system. Meanwhile, Windows can download operating system and component files, which remain on the PC after being used. The net result is a computer whose performance is seriously impacted.

Auslogics BoostSpeed 11 comes with tools designed to make your operating system slimmer. It can help you to clean out unneeded OS and component files and also remove unused apps from your PC. Some apps may prove impossible to uninstall through the normal method. Auslogics BoostSpeed provides a tool to deal with this situation as well.

When you delete unused applications, you give your CPU and RAM less to do and improve their speed, thereby boosting the PC’s overall performance. BoostSpeed’s dedicated tools help you remove unused system and user programs, and how to use them is explained in this guide.

Clearing out unneeded applications with BoostSpeed is simple and straightforward. Once BoostSpeed 11 is launched on your computer, click the Clean Up tab in the main program window.

The Clean Up tab is divided into three vertical panes (and the Useful Tools section). The pane on the right contains the tools that will help you to free up plenty of space and slim down your system.

Here are the two BoostSpeed tools you need for this:

  • Uninstall Manager
  • Windows Slimmer

This guide explains how to use each tool and achieve the best results.

Uninstall Manager

Uninstall Manager shows you all the installed programs on your PC and lets you remove those you no longer use or need:

  1. Click the “Delete unused applications” link in the right pane of the Clean Up tab to load Uninstall Manager. The tool will load in a new tab on the right side of the main program window.
  2. In the main pane, you will see a list of applications that are infrequently or never used along with their sizes, last usage dates, and ratings.
  3. Here is how to view information about an unused application:
  • Select it and view the details in the Information tab at the bottom of the pane.
  • Double-click the app to view extra information about it in the General and Details tabs of the Application Properties dialog.
  • Right-click the app and select “Google it” to open a browser window with information about the application.
  • To remove an unneeded application, right-click it and select Uninstall. When the Auslogics Uninstall Manager confirmation dialog shows up, click Uninstall to confirm the removal. Repeat this step for each app you wish to remove.

Force

Some applications cannot be removed through conventional means. The Force Uninstall option in BoostSpeed will get rid of these programs for you:

  1. Either click the “Force-uninstall applications” link in the right pane of the Clean Up tab or select Force Uninstall in the left menu pane of the Uninstall Manager tab.
  2. Right-click the application you’re having trouble with and select Force Remove. The tool will scan the system and find all data associated with the stubborn program.
  3. Click the Remove button. After the operation is complete, click the Close button to return to the Force Uninstall screen so you can remove other unwanted applications.
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Windows Slimmer

This tool trims the fat from your PC by cleaning out unneeded components and applications.

One-Time Maintenance with Auslogics Windows Slimmer

  1. Select Windows Slimmer in the Useful Tools section of the Clean Up tab in Auslogics BoostSpeed. The tool will load in a new tab on the right side of the main program window.
  1. Select the One-Time Maintenance tab.
  1. There are six system sections in the main window for you to clean up. Note that some of them may be grayed out, which means there are no unneeded files in that category:
  • Outdated WinSxS libraries. This section contains Windows installation files, updates, backups, and old versions of Windows libraries.
  • Disabled components. This section contains files related to disabled system components.
  • Old Windows version. This section contains the files of the previous version or build of Windows installed on the PC.
  • Windows Update files. This section contains temporary and installation files downloaded through Windows Update.
  • Windows demo content. This section contains free demo files of Windows.
  • System restore points. This section features all the system- and user-created restore points on the PC.
  1. Select a section and click the Start Scan button.
  1. After the scan is completed, review the results and click Start Cleanup.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for every section you wish to clean up.

Regular Maintenance with Auslogics Windows Slimmer

  1. Select Windows Slimmer in the Useful Tools section of the Clean Up tab in Auslogics BoostSpeed. The tool will load in a new tab on the right side of the main program window.
  1. Select the Regular Maintenance tab.
  1. There are five system sections in the main window for you to clean up:
  • Select Memory Dumps to delete memory dump files.
  • Select CD/DVD Burning Cache Folder to delete temporary files created when burning content to a removable disk.
  • Select Recycle Bin to clear all files in the Recycle Bin.
  • Select Temporary Folders to delete temporary files from the system.
  • Select Application Logs to clear out all logs created by installed applications.
  1. You can scan the sections one at a time or all at once. Select the section(s) you wish to scan and click Start Scan.
  1. Review the scan results and click Start Cleanup.

Cleaning the remnants of Windows installation files and deleting unneeded applications and system components helps to free up space and enhances the stability of the computer.