A recent study pointed out that the patience of an average user, when handling an old or slow computer while working, tends to last about 60 seconds before causing irritation. Among the main factors that stand out the report, the freezing display (47%) and slow machines (40%) are the main causes that disengage users.
Below, we tell you six tips so that your PC does not lose performance and, above all, do not lose your patience.
1. Prolong the memory to the maximum
Virtually everything a computer does, from moving the mouse or running the QuickBooks, requires the use of memory. Old computers can struggle to maintain themselves, but by improving the computer’s memory it is possible to bring it back to its old form. Its installation does not require any specific skills and is as simple as changing the batteries to the control of the television.
2. Clear Cookies and Cache
Web browsers like Chrome tend to record all your activity when you’re on the Internet. Cookies are useful and will store usernames and passwords for websites, but this can also slow down the computer. Internet browsers also use the cache to increase the loading speed of the page, but this process is saved on the computer as a file. This increases with time and can slow down the machine. It is best to clean the browser data, cache and cookies regularly to avoid slowing down.
3. Remove the bloatware
When we buy a computer, we expect it to come with a clean panel. However, sometimes manufacturers fill the machines with software that can overload the memory. If you find a program that you never used or will use, this can be a bloatware. These slow down systems and consume storage space. Like any other program, they can be uninstalled in the control panel.
4. Defragment your hard drive
Most PCs and laptops work with a mechanical hard drive, which uses rotating parts to access the stored data. As this data is compiled, the hard disk can overload and decrease the performance of the equipment. To avoid this, use the Windows disk defragmentation tool to boost efficiency by reorganizing your data.
5. Limit startup applications
One of the many reasons why a computer may take some time to initialize is the number of applications that run while the machine is connecting. It is also possible to identify the programs configured to open when the machine is turned on and deactivate them. In previous versions of Windows it is possible to do it through MSConfig and make the change with the system configuration tool.
6. Install SSD
A slow and outdated technology not only wastes time and money, it can be frustrating. By installing a solid state disk (SSD) to replace a hard disk (HDD), it is possible to achieve an almost instantaneous boot and load time, opening any program almost immediately. This is due to its modern technology has no moving parts, unlike traditional ones.
SSDs also use advanced cryptography, which can help protect any file stored on the computer in case of accidental data loss. Once enabled, the user will find an efficient way to strengthen the security of the data.