When it comes to buying a new PC, you must be prepared to dish out a good amount of money. However, new stuff can cost an arm and a leg — especially technology. “Fortunately, there are a slew of ways to breathe new life into an older PC that’s starting to feel a little pokey. Even better: Most are outright free, a couple of (still low-cost) hardware upgrades aside. Sure, these tweaks and tips aren’t as thrilling as booting up a brand new PC for the first time—but they’ll let you continue to get the job done with the gear you already have,” says www.PCWorld.com contributor writer Brad Chacos.