Speed Up Your Computer
Computer problems are immediately frustrating. Imminently soul-crushing. Even worse, they’re scary black holes (or blue screen) of inevitably. Any slowdown, forced shutdown, or error can seem like an unsolvable problem if you’ve haven’t fixed it before. When you notice your computer getting slower and slower, don’t think that you have to make the choice between taking it in for a trained professional to look at or just getting a new one.
There are plenty of ways to get your computer back into high gear. You don’t even have to know what RAM stands for to do it. Here are four easy ways to speed up your computer:
1. Get rid of your old programs.
Computers are becoming more like mobile devices. Instead of installing programs and software, you can add apps and extensions. But all of those extra files add a lot of bulk over time, especially if you forget about them. Also, unlike with most apps on your smartphone, there’s no guarantee that those icons will be on your homepage to remind you about them.
So if you notice your computer slowing down, go to your settings and start uninstalling the programs you know you don’t use. Be careful not to download the files and programs you don’t recognize, though. Either research them to see if they are essential to your computer’s functionality or leave them completely alone.
2. Shift your files to an online cloud or SD cards.
Programs and apps aren’t the only things eating up all the storage on your computer. Videos, images, and ongoing project files will fill up your folders faster than ever before. Part of this is because it’s easier than ever before to have videos and images from your camera or just from the Internet. But part of it is because storage is becoming so cheap most file types don’t try to be efficient.
If you open ‘My Computer’ and some of your folders are showing a red alert that you don’t have much space less, start shifting the files you want to save to a removable card. If you have files you need to access, put them in a syncing cloud so you can access them if the worst should happen.
3. Have you tried turning it off and back on?
Stereotypical IT advice is still good advice. If you can’t figure out why your computer is suddenly so slow, try turning it off and back on. A lot of things happen behind the scenes every time your computer reboots. It runs diagnostics on itself, fixes glitches and slow memory leaks, and even picks up a lingering update or two that you might not have gotten around to.
4. Exit it out of all your background programs.
Most computers are running a lot of programs. There’s an antivirus always buzzing in the background. You might have dozens of browser tabs open with the Apple store open in the background. Passive apps like Slack and DropBox are always on and ready to alert you.
By themselves, each of these situations isn’t a problem, especially on a modern computer. But all together, they create a lot of drag that might make you wonder why your word processor isn’t opening like you want it to. So close them down temporarily to see if that’s the problem.
Over time, your computer is naturally going to get slower. But that process of gradual damage and inability to keep up with spec demand takes several years, not months. If your computer is slower than it should be, run through this quick list to get rid of the common culprits. If the problem persists, go to IT Networks Australia Pty Ltd for more tips to get to the bottom of things.