How to Improve the Speed of your Work Computers
Nothing can slow a business down more than lagging computer systems. Whether you work in an office or are out on the road, in the digital age that we all live in, the chances are that you rely heavily on computer. Consequently, if work computers aren’t up to scratch in the speed department, it can massively impact on the business’s productivity.
We rely on fast computers as much as any business and we want to share with you the many ideas we use to keep our systems performing at their optimum.
Minimise the number of items that run on startup
If your computer is taking a long time to start up, the first port of call is to reduce the number of applications that you have selected to launch automatically when you power up your device.
The way in which you do this will vary according to your operating system. For Windows, all you need to do is click on the Windows button, select “run” and then type “msconfig.” Once you have done this, select the startup tab and select which applications you definitely need to open on startup, like antivirus software.
Remove unwanted programs
Alongside preventing a multitude of applications and programs running on your computer on startup, you’ll also want to take a closer look at which programs you actually use.
If you have applications on your system that you no longer need, get into the habit of removing them. All they are doing is eating up your precious memory and weighing your system down.
Use Microsoft Fix It
If you are a Microsoft user, it’s time to get familiar with the Microsoft Fix It tool. This free tool helps Windows 7 users (and earlier) to clean up and perform any straightforward maintenance tasks.
Check your Internet browser
We’re sorry Internet Explorer users, but if you are still stuck in the times of IE, now is the time to upgrade! Browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox are faster and have far fewer bugs, so you should instantly notice a positive change in your speed once you switch browsers.
Let’s make the Google Chrome download the last thing you ever do on IE.
Scan for and remove malware
Malware can harm your computer system in a number of different ways, but the most common is to greatly reduce speed and overall performance.
Make sure that you scan your system regularly, and as soon as you identify any suspicious malware, it is essential that you remove it as soon as possible.
There are a number of both free and paid for antivirus software packages, so make sure that you search around for the right option for your business. If you run a company with multiple employees, a paid for system that provides multiple licenses and allows for automatic scheduled scanning is the best way to go.
Make adjustments for higher performance
If increased performance is your highest priority and you don’t mind losing minor visual effects, like mouse shadows, then you can adjust your system settings to get its priorities right.
By navigating to the “system properties” area of your computer you’ll be able to automatically adjust your settings for best performance. Furthermore, lowering your screen resolution can speed your system up and reduce the battery life of laptops.
Add more RAM
So far we have covered software changes that you can make to improve the speed of your computer, but you can also do a few physical hardware changes as well. The most successful we have found is to increase the amount of RAM.
We have found that as machines age, you can extend their lifespan and overall performance by increasing the amount of RAM. Adding more RAM is more affordable than paying out for a completely new computer system, so this decision makes sense from a business and economics perspective.
Let us know how you get on!