Having a computer that performs well, and executes tasks quickly, is vital to ensuring the success of any business. Not only can a slow computer be extremely frustrating, but it can also lead to a decrease in productivity. However, over time you will likely notice your computer begin to slow down. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to improve your computer’s performance, which can help you to maximize productivity. Here are a few of the things you can do to maximize your computer’s speed and performance.
Try a Different Web Browser
If you have been noticing performance issues with your computer when using the internet, then you may be surprised to learn that the web browser you are using could be slowing you down. The fact is that web browsers are not made equally, and they each excel in different circumstances. If you are still using Internet Explorer, you may notice a sizeable increase in performance by switching to Google Chrome or Firefox. Many businesses have found Chrome to be the best web browser for productivity, as it tends to be more light and responsive than other browsers.
Remove Unnecessary Files
One of the easiest things you can do to keep your computer running fast is to periodically remove junk files from your computer. Over time, computers get loaded down with junk files and programs that can severely impact performance. Consider periodically going through your list of installed programs and see if there are any programs you no longer use that could be deleted, as doing this can free up a lot of space helping your computer to run much faster. You should also consider periodically running your computer’s system cleanup tool (or a third party program you may have installed), as this can help you to remove duplicate and temporary files that can slow down your system.
Keep your System Updated
This is one of the biggest, and simplest, things you can do to keep your computer running at maximum efficiency. While it is easy to ignore those pesky notifications reminding us to update our software or operating system, it is important that you install these updates as soon as you receive these notifications. These updates often include bug fixes and optimizations that can help these programs, or your computer, to run faster, which can help you to stay productive.
Upgrade to an SSD
One of the best things you can do to upgrade your computer’s performance capabilities is to replace your hard drive with an SSD (solid-state drive). Solid state drives, while more expensive than hard drives, are much faster as they use flash memory instead of a spinning disk. For instance, a high-end 7200 RPM hard drive may achieve speeds of up to 150 Mbps, while a solid-state drive can achieve speeds of over 500 Mbps. This means that with an SSD you will have faster boot times, programs will load faster, and programs that use large files, such as video editing, will be more responsive, which is ideal in a workplace setting.
Add More RAM
Adding additional RAM is a more affordable, and simpler, upgrade to perform on any computer, and it doesn’t require much tech know-how. The best part is that upgrading your RAM will deliver an instant performance increase to almost any computer that is running slow. It will also enable you to run more programs and have more tabs open, simultaneously without noticing your system slowing down.
These are a few of the simplest steps you can take to improve your computer’s performance. Contact us to learn more about what you can do to improve your computer and increase your productivity.