Welcome back! In today’s blog post I am going to share with you five affordable things you can do to improve the overall performance of your computer. These tips will work for your home or your business. Nobody likes a slow computer, I liken it to watching paint dry – it can take forever to do just one simple thing like opening the Internet ( multiple clicks will only make it worse)!
Often times making the small adjustment can make the biggest difference, which brings me to our first topic. You may notice that when your computer boots up it can sometimes feel like it takes forever to start! One thing you can do is take a moment and clean up your startup folder, you may be asking “What’s a startup folder?” This is the folder that has various applications / programs that are launched when the computer starts, therefore when you boot up your computer everything in the background boots up as part of your computer starting up. If you turn everything off that you do not need then the computer will naturally boot up a little quicker assuming your system is not infected. We do not recommend just turning everything off, everyone’s situation is unique. If we do a tune-up on your system, we clean up the startup as a part of the service.
Alongside doing this you can delete, you can clean up your files remove any additional programs or just anything you feel you do not use any more, this will help speed up the performance of your computer as well.
Another thing you can do is to just reinstall Windows – please keep in mind there are some consequences to doing this, loss of data being the most important, but oftentimes reinstalling Windows can make a huge difference. I strongly recommend if you have never done this that you do not take this step, as it can cause bigger problems down the road, especially if something goes south and you need to pay someone to fix the issue. there is a ton to consider before taking this step.
When was the last time that you upgraded your computer’s hard drive? You may have heard the term “SSD”, this stands for Solid State Drive. These are relatively new technology that can really breathe new life int an older PC or laptop. Bear in mind this may not work if you bought a very slow computer in the first place (a.k.a Black Friday special). Traditional hard drives have moving parts, it takes a few more seconds to access the information, whereas Solid State Drives have no moving parts, your computer will boot up much much faster information is access quicker, overall performance is increased as a whole, please contact us for pricing to see if this is a good fit for you!
When was the last time you upgraded the memory, or RAM, on your computer? Not every computer can be upgraded to have more information, this is a 100% model-specific question, the question is can my computer hold more memory. Most computers have at least 4 GB of memory as it takes a 4 GB to run a 64-bit operating system, some computers can hold as much 8 GB, this is a rock-solid number. If you purchased your computer within the last 2 or 3 years there is a good chance you already have 8 GB of memory. In some cases you may be able to go to 16 GB, but honestly that’s a bit of overkill unless you are doing graphic design high-end gaming, CADD design and/or things like that.
Often times your computer can be infected with a Virus and you may not even be aware that you are even infected. Running regular virus scans can help improve the performance of your computer. It is always good practice to purchase your Antivirus program, yes free is good but sometimes free can really be limited. When you buy antivirus protection there are tools that run in the background to help optimize your system for the best possible performance, consider making the investment. O’Fallon Computers recommends Norton Antivirus or Internet Security, NOT Norton 360 ( this is a major resource hog)
The last and final things you can do is to have regular maintenance your system. Think of it like a car: just like your car needs oil changes, your computer could benefit from a tune-up every now and then, every 3 months or so is ideal for most users. This not only keeps your computer running at top-notch, but this also helps your computer technician understand your habits – for example, if you keep getting infected then your technician knows where to focus their efforts. Tune-ups are always a good idea, we do scan for infections as part of the tune-up process. Pricing starts at just $75, note that prices can vary based on what needs to be done to the system.
What do you do to keep your computer running at its best performance? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!