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Top 4 ways to speed up your computer and have more time to enjoy the summer!

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Do you know this feeling when the sun is shining but you’re stuck in the room with the computer slowing you down? There are at least 4 main actions you can take to speed up your computer’s performance so the benefit of reading this blog post is clear: you will have learnt invaluable habits saving you the time which you can dedicate to enjoying yourself! To save more time by making your computer run even faster book our PC MOT & tune-up and we’ll complete optimising your computer’s powers in  18 more advanced steps.

The first rule of the thumb to make your computer run faster: Clean your desktop!

Is your Desktop flowered (or scattered if you can face the truth) with icons? While we understand that many of those icons were on there for a reason — you wanted quick access, due to the clutter with all the other icons that you either voluntarily or involuntarily (through program installations) created, that “quick access” which you are seeking has become counter productive as a messy computer desktop is far less efficient. Therefore, keep the shortcuts to the programs you use regularly and drag the remaining ones to the recycle bin. Finally, find the best location for those files that were temporarily saved on the desktop until they found a better ‘home’.

2.Uninstall unused programs

Over time, you may have collected programs on your computer that you no longer use. When a program is installed, it creates connections between the program and the operating system and as a consequence, even if you don’t use these programs, they can slow down your system. If you have the original program’s installation disk or file, removing programs will free up space on your computer and may speed up your system’s performance. How to do it?

  1. Open Control Panel by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Control Panel.

  2. Click Programs, and then click Uninstall.

  3. Hover over a Program you no longer use and click Uninstall.

  4. Repeat step 3 for every program you want to Uninstall.

3. Stop a program from running automatically when Windows starts

You can improve your computer’s performance by preventing unnecessary programs from running automatically when Windows starts, where by unnecessary programs we mean the ones you don’t use regularly, but from time to time only. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Search box by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button

  2. Type in ‘msconfig’ and click enter.

  3. In the Window which opens, click Startup.

  4. Select the program that you want to prevent from running, and then click OK.

  5. Repeat step 4 for every program you want to stop from running.

4. Make sure your hardware is adequate

Above and beyond everything you can do with software to optimise the function of your computer, making sure you have the proper hardware to support Windows is critical.

If you are not certain whether your hardware is sufficient to support your software or you need our assistance with carrying out actions 1, 2, or 3, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help! 02380 249 820

 

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