Speeding up your PC
We all want faster PCs – a slow PC can lead to frustration and inefficient use of precious time!
Here are some straightforward tips to get the best out of your PC:
Don’t install lots of unnecessary software
- Printer drivers – only install the basic driver, don’t install photo editing software, ink buying apps, network monitoring apps that the printer manufacturer includes.
- Registry cleaners – always do more harm than good and don’t speed up your PC. You will sometimes see adverts for registry cleaners on various websites such as software download sites – don’t be tempted to click on them!
- If you are installing some software to test or it’s a trial version of software, always remember to uninstall it.
- Always uninstall software from Control Panel – deleting the relevant folders will not uninstall the software.
- Don’t install more than one anti-virus program. In fact, consider not using anti-virus at all – this does rely on good user education, however.
- Uninstall software that’s never used.
- Check Windows start-up items to see if there’s anything that can be removed from start-up.
- Ensure your backup is working correctly so you can go restore files should you get over zealous with file deletion!
Ensure that the system is running its clean-up tasks
- Check that defrag is running regularly (only if you have a traditional mechanical disk – SSDs don’t fragment and running defrag will potentially shorten their lives!).
- Run the Disk clean-up wizard every couple of months.
Consider Installing a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)
- A UPS will protect the PC from sudden power loss which should reduce the risk of disk corruption. This will in turn lead to a faster PC as the system doesn’t have to reallocate bad disk blocks.
Consider installing more RAM
- This will only help speed up a PC if you have lots of large programs open simultaneously. 4GB is sufficient for day to day office use.
Reduce the size of your email store
- The more email you have, the slower will be your email program – opening the program will be slower and searches will be slower.
Clean the dust out of the fan inlets and exhausts
- This will ensure that the CPU can reach its maximum operating speed without throttling down due to excess heat.
Replace the mechanical hard drive with an SSD (Solid State Disk)
- Everything will feel faster
- Boot times dramatically reduced
- Program load times dramatically reduced
- Internet browsing will feel faster
- Accessing all files will be much faster
- Potentially improved lifetime of the disk
- Lighter and more power efficient in a laptop
Following these straightforward tips will ensure that your PC is running as efficiently as possible, leaving you more time to concentrate on running your business.