How To Speed Up Your Computer
What causes a slow computer?
At Computer Repair & Care we often see the frustration from customers with slow running computers, you feel like pulling your hair out or throwing your computer out of the nearest window in anger!
Many things can cause a slow running computer, most people associate slowness and the root cause to be viruses.
Computer viruses are not always the root cause, for sure they can contribute to slowness, malware and adware can cause serious user performance issues.
Often running a low amount of Memory can cause computer slowness, if you are running 1GB of memory you are sure to run into issues with running multiple programs and having various web pages open, RAM or it’s full term Random Access Memory is required to access programs within your operating system I.e. Windows 7, Windows 8.
If you do not have enough memory installed then programs are then accessed using virtual memory (paging file) this is used when you don’t have enough Memory installed and can cause slow loading of programs, freezing and non responsiveness. It would then be advisable to not run so many programs at once but this then becomes restrictive, multi tasking works best with more Random Access Memory installed.
Adding Memory to your computer or laptop is one of the easiest upgrades to do, often more is best.
You can check to see how much of your memory is being used by accessing task manager, if you have a high percentage you know most of your memory is being used up so you need to increase memory in your system, it is aways worth having some spare memory resources on tap rather than at the limit.
We recommend a minimum of 4GB of system memory, having 6GB or 8GB even better if you can afford it.
A computer Hard Drive is an important part of any system, older hard drives such IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) this was a slower hard drive connection which was replaced by SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) which is today’s standard of connection for hard drives which offer faster read / write of data, Solid State Drives or SSD’s as they are commonly known are flash based using less power and have faster read / write speeds and last longer than a normal mechanical hard drive.
If you are upgrading your hard drive you should seriously consider an SSD, they cost more than a normal hard drive but are slowly coming down on price, An SSD will improve boot up speeds and general performance massively.
We call this the brains of the computer system but it’s proper term CPU means Central Processing Unit, for us humans that is our brain!
Intel and AMD are the main producers of these CPU chips, they come in various forms and price, we often advise our customers to avoid lower specification CPU’s such as Intel’s Celeron branded processors, they are not the best for multiple tasks and it can’t take too much before it struggles and the user will suffer from poor performance.
We strongly advise using an Intel Processor with at least a Dual Core Processor, I hear you say…. what does that mean? Basically a Dual Core Processor is like two processors in one chip, two heads or two brains! Yes two heads are better than one as the saying goes.
We recommend a Processor with a minimum speed of 2.5GHz per core (head / brain) and if possible Intel’s i3 / i5 or i7 range of processors, i3 is the cheaper range, i5 is the mid-range and i7 is the high-end and costs a lot.
Software & Programs
How can this affect my computer being slow?
This can affect your computers slowness as described above if you don’t have adequate memory and processor speed, all of these things work in harmony. Most retail purchased computers come preinstalled with what is called bloatware or crapware as some call it, often software programs preinstalled and run in the background when you don’t require them, often set to automatically start when windows boots up, in turn using memory resources, processor and the hard drive! If not needed it is best to remove these programs from your system using the add remove option.
If removing programs make sure you don’t remove any important programs or updates from Microsoft, this is often where some people feel out of their depth.
As explained at the start of this blog post, computer viruses are the most commonly suspected issue with computers being slow, it is important to rule out if it is a virus or just a slow computer due to hardware, most people will know if they have a virus due to pop-ups, adware pop-ups or viruses that come up on the screen demanding money (Ransomeware)
If you believe you have a slow computer we can advise on upgrades, Laptops are limited to certain upgrades to make faster but memory upgrades, faster hard drives such as an SSD are all possible.
Please remember that if your computer or laptop is slow when on the internet this could be due to your Internet Service Provider so we always advise contacting your provider first before contacting a computer repair company, if no problem exists with the network then it could be something else as described in this blog post.
If you have a computer virus then we can remove viruses, if you need your computer speeding up we can also offer a tune-up service at the same time.
Also one thing to remember is there can be other causes for a slow computer or laptop, faulty hardware which most people don’t think of or know how to diagnose, this is where our expertise comes in to get you back up to speed.
Please send us an email or call us to help with any problems on 01392 770149