5 Tips for Speeding Up Your PC

If your business works with computers, you’ll understand how a few extra seconds of loading time can affect productivity. A single freeze or slowdown can halt a worker in their tracks—and when this happens several times a day, you’ll end up wasting hours every week.

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You’ll want to make sure your PCs are functioning at total capacity, allowing yourself or your employees to work freely without frustrations or complications.

Here are five sure-fire ways to speed up your PC.

1. Uninstall unnecessary programs and files

One of the biggest reasons PCs start to slow down is an overload of stuff.

If your office PCs are loaded with outdated, underused, or unnecessary software, they’re going to run slowly. This is especially true if the PCs are running very low on disk space.

To remove unwanted software and instantly speed up your PC, follow these steps in Windows 10:

  1. Click the Start button and start typing “programs.”
  2. Click on Add or remove programs when it appears.
  3. You should now see a list of apps and features installed on your PC.
  4. To remove a program, select it and click Uninstall.

Make sure not to uninstall programs that are necessary for your PC or workplace to function. If you’re unsure, check with your IT support person before removing a program.

2. Upgrade your PC components

Modern PCs aren’t meant to last forever. You’ll need to upgrade your PC components every three to five years to keep up with the latest technology. Older hardware does not work well with modern software. You can find new components at any reputable supplier like RS Components.

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If you find that your office computers are running out of disk space, but you’ve already removed all unnecessary programs and files, you may need to upgrade to a hard drive with a higher capacity.

If you notice your PCs run slowly when multiple apps are open at once, you may need to upgrade your RAM.

You might also consider upgrading your power supply PC to ensure your new, higher-end components receive enough power to run smoothly.

3. Disable startup programs

If your PC is slow to boot up, it may be caused by startup programs. Startup programs are apps that automatically open when you turn on your PC.

To turn off startup programs in Windows 10:

  • Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  • Select the Startup tab.
  • You will see a list of programs and their startup impact.
  • Right-click and Disable any unnecessary programs.

4. Run a virus check

You may experience slowdowns and freezes if your PC is infected with a virus. To check for and remove viruses and spyware, use anti-virus software such as Windows Security or an alternative, third-party program.

5. Clear your web browser’s cache.

If you experience slow website load times, your browser may have a full cache. A cache is designed to hold files from websites you have previously visited to lower future load times—although when it becomes too full, it can have the opposite effect.

You can clear your browser’s cache via its Settings page.

Conclusion

By following the above steps, you should have a speedy, smoothly-running PC that saves time and boosts productivity for your business.

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