Slow Me Down – Speed me Up

An often asked question to our helpdesk and engineers is: Why is my desktop so slow?

There are many reasons why computers’ processing speed declines over time and below we offer a few quick tips to help you alleviate some of the causes.  For the most severe problems, it may well be time to upgrade your PC or even the office platform, however, in the first instance we hope these help.

Check your PC for unused programs

New PCs come with a host of programs that you will never use, and you probably don’t even know they exist. Some of these programs run background processes when you load your computer, even though you are not using them.

Before removing any program though, check with your IT support to ensure you are not about to remove a vital program. To remove pointless programs, open the Control Panel’s Programs and Features page and have a trawl through the list of installed software.  Uninstall those that you do not need, while being careful to leave programs your computer’s hardware needs (typically their publisher will be listed as the PC maker’s name or Microsoft).

Automatically delete temporary files

Temporary files amass on your computer through everyday tasks and can remain on the hard drive, slowing the computer down. Removing these files, including your internet history and cookies, should give you a larger amount of hard disk space, speeding up your PC.

To do this, open ‘My Computer’, and select your local drive (usually C:\). Select the ‘Windows’ folder and then open the folder entitled ‘Temp’. Use your mouse to right-click on the folder, and then in ‘View’ option choose ‘Details’. Once this is done, select all the files that are older than the current date and press delete key. Then go to the Recycle Bin on the desktop and empty it.

More RAM

RAM (Random Access Memory), is the temporary storage memory used by your computer and is in use whenever tasks are being executed by different programs. Therefore, the more programs you use, the more RAM you need and the slower your computer will run.

A clear indicator of not having enough RAM is if your computer slows down every time you try and process large files, or freezes while carrying out several different actions at one time.  Upgrading the amount of RAM in the PC can immediately show results, as often the supplied RAM is the minimum for the PC’s configuration.

To ensure that your desktops and network are configured to best suit the range of your users’ needs contact us for a free network review and development options. enquiries@asteccomputing.co.uk

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