Speed up your computer
It is always nice when we get a brand new computer as it is fast and our productivity goes up. As time goes on the computer seems to slow down and it seems we have to go away and make a cup of tea before the computer has come on to the first screen (desktop).
What causes slow downs
There are many causes of slowdown, here are a few.
- Not enough physical memory. Physical memory is like a desk and you spread your work on it. Not having enough is like getting out another document but not having enough room to put it on the desk. So you having to move other documents about or moving them back to the filing cabinet.
- Fragmented hard disk. Your hard disk is like a filing cabinet where you store you documents. When it becomes nearly full or space becomes available through deleting old documents your new documents are stored in these places. Unfortunately there might not be enough space to store all the document in a certain place, so part are stored in one space and other parts at the end of the disk. (Using the filing cabinet example some are stored in the top draw and the other is stored in the middle draw)
- Too many programs open, like Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, etc... all at the same time.
- Antivirus slows computers down
- Specific programs like Microsoft Outlook slow down with the weight of emails stored
- Too many tabs open on your internet browser, especially one that access Facebook and Twitter. These applications ever so often check whether you have any new posts/tweets/etc...
- Start up programs. These are loaded when the computer starts and live in the Physical Memory.
- Age of the computer
- Faulty hardware - something is going wrong in your computer
- The internet is slow due to too many people accessing it using the same broadband router especially things like YouTube and BBC iplayer
- A computer using wireless is too far from the wireless point so the signal is poor.
- The hard disk becomes worn and damaged due to use and power failures
What can be done
Things worth considering
- Don't have so many programs open and internet tabs on your browser.
- If there is a gradual slowdown after many hour then reboot the computer and make a cup of tea
- If you always hibernate your computer then think of shutting it down completely now and again
- Regularly archive you emails.
- Purchase more physical memory (RAM) Perhaps visit http://www.crucial.com/uk/
- If you have the money buy a new computer especially if the computer is very old. Remember if it really old then you will have to learn new things. (Windows XP is different to Windows 7, and Microsoft Word 2003 is very different than Microsoft Word 2010)
The things I would do are:
- Check how much physical memory (RAM) the computer has
- Run a scan disk. This checks the health of your hard disk
- Run a defrag. This is like having a tidy up of your documents, putting them all back together
- Check what programs are running at startup
- Compact emails
- Scan your hard disk for viruses
- Check who is using the internet and what they are looking at (YouTube, iPlayer?)
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