It’s a simple enough idea: Kill Windows processes-make Windows faster.

But which ones should you kill? If you kill the wrong one, will it break your computer? What happens if something goes wrong?

The article below by Lincoln Spector at PC World (Twitter: @lincolnspector) will give you some great tips to help figure out what’s causing you grief, and how to end the offending processes and applications.

And rest easy: You can’t hurt your computer permanently by shutting down processes and programs. The worst thing that might happen is your system can freeze and become unresponsive because you killed a critical process. Once you reboot, all the critical processes will restart, including all the ones you shut down. So it’s a good idea to make sure you save everything before your start accidentally killing off your video drivers, sending your PC promptly to the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

Remember…If there are processes that start up every time you boot your computer, you can disable them rather than using the Task Manager to kill them each time.

Quick Tip: In Windows 8 you can disable Startup programs directly from the Startup tab in the Task Maanger 🙂

How to kill unwanted processes and applications that slow down Windows | PCWorld.