It can be extremely frustrating when your computer runs slowly. Whether it’s your computer taking forever to start up or load software, system lag times can disrupt productivity and have a negative impact on your day-to-day business. If you have been suffering from a slow running computer, here are five easy steps to follow to help get your computer running more quickly.
1. Identify and close unnecessary programs from your computer
If your computer speed is not what it should be, the first thing to try is restarting your computer. Your operating system allocates space in memory for programs as they run on your computer and will eventually fill up, which will slow down your computer. You should give your computer a re-boot to free up some memory.
Some idle programs still use the internet for updates. This can slow down your computer and cause delays. Try closing programs that you are not using in Task Manager to speed up your computer.
An easy way to open Task Manager in Windows 10 is to right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the list of options. In Windows 11, click on the magnifying glass on the Taskbar and search for Task Manager. Alternatively, you can click ctrl + shift + esc and Task Manager will open. You can review what programs are using the most memory and close the applicable programs to help speed up your computer.
2. Check your web browser and internet connection
Check to make sure your web browser has been updated to the latest version. It’s always a good idea to enable your browser to update automatically. For Google Chrome, make sure this feature is enabled in the “About” section. Additionally, make sure you don’t have too many add-ons or extensions as this can slow down your internet. To check your extensions in Google Chrome, go to Menu – Settings – Extensions. You can switch off or remove unnecessary extensions.
Another thing to check is how many web windows you have open. Each browser window and tab consume memory and processing power and, over time, that will begin to slow down your computer. If you have too many internet windows open, close some of them down.
3. Pause OneDrive syncing
This is something even Microsoft admits can slow down your computer. You can pause OneDrive by clicking on the OneDrive icon in the notification tray, select Help & Settings – Pause syncing.
Remember to resume syncing your OneDrive files by selecting OneDrive – Help & Settings – Resume syncing.
4. Check for and remove viruses and malware
A virus, malware, or malicious software could cause your computer to run slowly. Other symptoms include unexpected pop-up messages, programs that unexpectedly start automatically, or the sound of your hard disk constantly working .
The best way to handle viruses and malicious software is to try to prevent them by running antimalware and antivirus software and keeping it up to date.
5. Update the hardware that is causing your computer to slow down
Is your slow computer old? Instead of getting a new computer, a more cost-effective way to speed up your system is by upgrading the hardware. The two pieces of hardware that impact your computer’s speed is storage and memory. Make sure you have enough memory for your needs.
If your storage drive is out of date, then updating this will make a noticeable difference. If you can hear your computer hard drive spinning, you most likely have a Hard Disk Drive (HDD). You can speed up your computer by upgrading your HDD to a Solid State Drive (SSD). Whilst upgrading your computer’s HDD may seem light a daunting task, you will notice significant benefits in performance.
Please get in touch with any member of the CommSys team if your business needs help exploring and implementing any of these solutions.
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