Most of the world is moving slowly to the Windows 10 platform whether it is for business or home. And as you might have seen your computer may start to slow down after months of usage. We have compiled a list of some tips to help you speed up and get the most out of your computer.
With the everyday use of our computers, I like many others end up installing programs required for certain functions and then never make use of the programs again. This, in turn, uses up computer resources and disk space.
Go to your “Control Panel” and Look for “Programs & Features” and find programs that you no longer make use of and remove them.
Generally, we don’t pay attention to how much junk is actually sitting on our primary hard drive. This can include past windows updates, temp files, shadow copies that are no longer required and so on.
If you open up Windows Explorer, this would be any folder and find the icon on the left that says “This PC”, once you click it, you will see your available drives, and right click on the “C” Drive which is the primary partition generally and proceed to properties.
Under the General tab there is a “Disk Cleanup” button, click this button and then choose the files that Windows can automatically clean up to reduce the amount of junk on the drive.
Registry and File Cleanup
The next step requires an internet connection and running of the program CCleaner, I have added the link for the portable version so you don’t have to install it.
Once the program has downloaded, it will show up as a .zip file attachment, right click it and look for the option “Extract All…” Once complete, go into the ccsetup folder and run the file “CCleaner”
You might get a screen pop up asking if you would like to allow this program to run, you can safely say yes.
Once the program is open we are going to work on 2 of the tabs, “Cleaner” & “Registry”. First, on the Cleaner tab, run the analyse button, this will show all junk files that can be cleaned up and once it is finished you can press “Run Cleaner”
Now we proceed to the registry, this will scan the registry of the whole computer for items that are no longer in use and can be safely removed to improve performance and clean out junk items within the registry. On the bottom of the program, you will see “Scan for Issues” click this button and let the magic begin. Once complete click “Fix Selected Issues” (Always backup your registry) Once completed, run the “Scan for Issues” 2-3 more times until no further issues have been found.
Device Drivers play an important role in keeping your system operating at peak levels, you should at least once every few months check if there are new drivers that need to be installed on your computer.
I won’t dive into this too deep as each computer is different however most manufacturers would have software designed to search for the latest driver updates for your machine. And worst case scenario you can always go to device manager to roll back the problematic driver.
If you browse to www.google.co.za and search the make of your computer and drivers you will find what you are looking for such as “Dell Driver Update Tool” it will take you to the page with the software that will assist you in keeping your drivers up to date.
A commonly overlooked issue could be slow hardware performance. A simple step that would generally help is to run a system file scan and a checkdisk, both commands need to be run from the command prompt as administrator.
System File Scan “SFC /scannow”
Checkdisk “chkdsk /f /r” (Do not run this command if you are running either a RAID or Solid State HardDrive)
On the checkdisk, please make sure to have a full backup of your system before running, if there are
serious disk issues on your computer, there is a high chance that it will never boot again.
Every computer is made up of several different components that will determine the performance that you can expect to get out.
The core components that we are talking about here are;
- Hard Drive
Each of these components can most of the time be upgraded to better and faster technologies.
A Hard Drive can be upgraded to a Solid State Drive which will improve performance by approximately 10-20 times, and Memory on a standard computer is most likely 4GB, you could double that to 8GB on most computers today, or even 16GB on most higher end comuters which would show significant differences in response time on programs.
Our recommendation on any business computer for today’s connected world would be,
- Intel i5 or higher processor
- 8GB or more of memory
- 256GB Solid State Hard Drive or bigger
Disclaimer: Ativo ICT accept no responsibility at all for any loss of data or damage to hardware as a result of the tips and guidelines stated above and are done at the users own risk Should you require assistance from a trained professional please contact us.