A lot of people will be planning on upgrading their laptop or PC this Christmas, but here are 10 ways of avoiding a costly new purchase.
1) Uninstall unused programs
New PCs come with a whole load of programs you will never use, and you probably don’t even know they exist. Some programs even run background processes when you load your computer, even though you are not using them.
2) Automatically delete temporary files
Temporary files amass on your computer through everyday tasks and can remain on your hard disk, slowing the computer down. Getting rid of these files, including your internet history and cookies, should give you a larger amount of hard disk space, speeding up your PC.
3) Install a solid state drive
Hard drives are the biggest cause of slow speeds and especially slow start up speeds on your PC. While they are not cheap, installing a solid state drive, which have extremely fast read times, can speed up your start up considerably.
4) More hard drive storage
Even if you make sure to regularly clean out all your temporarily files, if your hard drive becomes 85 per cent full, it’s going to affect your computer’s speed.
5) Prevent unnecessary start ups
This method will primarily affect how long it takes for your laptop or PC to start up, but often many of the programs which are launched on start up continue to run and use up your computer’s memory.
6) More RAM
RAM, which stands for Random Access Memory, is the temporary storage memory used by your computer and is in use when tasks are being executed by different programs. Therefore, the more programs you use, the more RAM you need, and the slower your computer will be if you don’t have enough.
7) Run a disk defragment
Sounds complicated, but this is basically a way of re-configuring how your hard drive stores information for maximum efficiency.
8) Run disk clean up
Windows also includes a built-in disk de-cluttering tool called “Disk Cleanup”. It searches through the system for unnecessary large files such as temporary Internet files, program installers, and so on.
9) Give your computer a static IP
Another trick for speeding up your computer loading time is to give your computer a static IP address that never changes.
When you start up your computer, it spends a decent amount of time asking the network for an IP address. Not only does having a static IP address make the network easier to manage but it also cuts time off your start up.
10) Hoovering out the dust
Again, this sounds a tad radical, but dust is your computer’s enemy. It can impede airflow, which is vital to keeping your computer’s temperature down, and if your computer is overheating, it is likely it will slow down its performance to cope.
Source: Business Insider Australia