Of course...one of the most important steps is often overlooked by users...downloading/installing critical updates in a timely manner.
To maximize performance, I follow one very simple rule: I don't install fluff on my system and I uninstall programs which I find that I no longer utilize in a meaningful manner.
I also do not allow everything to run at startup just because the program installer put a link in my system calling for such.
If you think of your computer system...in the same manner that you might think of a high-performance car which someone has bought for you...you'll do the right things
...and you don't even have to worry about how pretty the system is.
Edited by hamluis, 04 May 2008 - 02:01 PM.