There’s nothing more frustrating than computers freezing or slowing down, particularly when it’s a busy work day and everyone is under pressure. We tend to take it for granted that our computers will just work but inevitably, you are going to experience a slow-down at some point and rather than moan about it, it’s better to do something productive. So, rather than chuck your computer out of the nearest window, SpecTronics UK, leading IT services providers have provided some helpful steps to repair your computer and speed it up again.
Check your anti-virus
First check your anti-virus software. If it’s not working then your computer may be infected with malware, which can cause a slow-down on your machine, along with many other problems. Also, some anti-virus software is quite intense and it can actually slow down your machine so it’s best to consult experts from IT support companies as they can advise on the best anti-virus software for your organisation that will provide the right protection without slowing anything down.Stop programs you don’t need from running automatically
Over time you add software to your computer that loads automatically on start-up but you probably don’t need all of these. Remember when you received your computer and booting up was almost as quick as the speed of light? That’s because there was nothing on it apart from its operating system.
When a lot of software is competing for space and memory it is going to slow things down. You may not even realise these programs are running in the background. So, check what is running and what you need and remove what you don’t need. If you’re unsure talk to your IT manager or IT support company to help.Tidy up your disk
When something is saved to your hard disk, the information is stored in a way that makes it efficient to read back to you – neat, right? It is, but over time as the disk becomes full, files and programs are stored in different ways and this is called fragmentation. Everything becomes harder to retrieve and so it becomes slower. A simple disk defragmentation will solve this. Nowadays Windows operating systems automatically perform disk defragmentation but if you have a lot of programs it may be wise to perform a manual defragmentation to make sure it fully restores everything to its rightful place and thus speeds up!Upgrade your memory
RAM – not just a Daft Punk album. It stands for Random Access Memory and sometimes you need to add more of it. The reason for this is that computer programs and their data are only partially loaded into memory, and the remainder stays in a temporary space on the hard disk. The more RAM you have then the more space you have for data on your computer so it won’t need to spend time looking, or swapping temporary data from the disk space. Nowadays many companies are moving to the cloud, which is an inexpensive and easy way to store your data without having to buy more RAM.Upgrade your equipment
Sometimes you have to admit defeat. Technology moves at warp speeds these days, so if you have a hard drive that spins like an old record, it’s probably time to give in to progress and get yourself some nice, shiny new equipment that won’t slow you down. New programs and web technology are developed to deal with new machines, so if yours is older it will struggle to adapt and this will slow you down.
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If you have a computer problem, then SpecTronics UK can offer a solution. We are based in Wimbledon and offer a friendly, efficient and local service. Call us today on 03333 444 110 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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