Computer feeling sluggish? Don’t throw it out just yet.
When you first bought your computer, it was blazing fast. Today, it takes forever for your computer to boot up and opening an application feels like watching paint dry. What happened?
Even if you’re not running a bunch of CPU intensive programs, there are several reasons why your computer is less responsive and slower to start up. Let’s see how we can breathe new life into your lethargic PC.
1. Clean it up!
Junk files, temporary internet files, program cache, and a myriad of other resource draining scraps of data can greatly degrade your computer’s performance. Over time your computer registry also becomes bloated with information about unused programs you have installed (and uninstalled) over the years. We recommend a free tool called CCleaner which identifies and cleans junk files and fixes registry errors. This can help free up wasted space and speed up your PC.
2. Upgrade your RAM
Random Access Memory (RAM) is where all of the applications you are using right this moment are stored. This highspeed memory is located physically closer to the CPU than your hard drive, which is much slower. If you take a look down at your taskbar, each of those running programs is using a chunk of your RAM. The more programs, background applications, and browser tabs you have open, the more RAM you need. Your computer will run noticeably slower once you start running low on free RAM. Adding additional RAM is a great way to keep your machine humming along.
3. Upgrade your Hard Drive
As mentioned above, accessing data from your hard drive is extremely slow particularly if you are using a mechanical hard disk with spinning platters. Today’s modern Solid State Drives (SSD’s) have no moving parts and are lightning fast compared to legacy hard drives. This means your computer could boot in seconds, rather than minutes. Upgrading to a SSD also means your programs will launch and run much faster. As memory technology continues to advance, storage capacities increase and these drives are becoming much more affordable.
If it’s time to give your PC a boost, contact us for a free consultation.