News 19 March 2019

Why is my computer slow?

A techies solution to one of the most common questions in IT

Josh Kimpton, Systems Engineer, Fabric

It’s the oldest question in the book.

Why is my computer running so slow? Should it really be taking me 5 minutes to open file explorer and 10 minutes to get to my emails?

Chances are if you think there’s something wrong, there probably is. Naturally, we here at Fabric will be more than happy to give assistance with getting your hardware healthy again. However, in this blog, I’m going to be giving you a few handy tips and tricks on how you can do this yourself without having to worry about replacing things such as hard drives and RAM.

 

Would you like your slow computer gone?

Here’s tech tip one:

The most obvious thing you may assume? Maybe not.

Reboot the machine.

If your machine has been running non-stop for days, there can be no end to the services and programs running in the background which are completely unnecessary. All of this can come to a swift end and restart with a quick reboot of the machine. Another added benefit of this is that your machine may have awaiting Windows Updates, these help with other things such as virus protection and general smooth running’s of your machine.

 

PC feeling like it’s been beaten black and blue?

Here’s tech tip two:

Is your computer taking an extremely long time to start up? You’d be surprised how common this can be with machines, old or new.

The best thing you can do is to check what exactly is running in this whole 20-minute charade of loading. You can find this out by going to the system configuration menu. All you need to do is search for this within your windows search bar at the bottom left corner of your screen and search System Configuration. Once in this menu, you can select the start-up tab and from here, disable any unnecessary pesky programs causing your machine to take an age to load.

 

Want to see how fast your computer could be?

Here’s tech tip three:

How do cookies sound? Good? Well, they are good to an extent when it comes to your tech equipment.

Cookies hold a small amount of data from each website you visit with this data being specific to the website. However, every now and then, this data can build up and cause a huge slow down in your computer’s performance. These cookies are easy enough to dispose of. All you need to do is search for “Disk Cleanup” on your machine. Like the system configuration we previously mentioned, just go to the search bar in the bottom left corner of your screen and search for this. Once this has done a quick scan for your current used space in regards to temporary files and cookies, you are able to select what exactly you want to clean up. I’d personally recommend removing the temporary internet files, as well as anything else you do not need. However, be careful in here as one wrong click could clear out your downloads folder, where important information could be stored.

Slow Computer Cookie Monster Meme

 

If you want any more help with speeding up your computer, call us on 01625 443 110

Josh Kimpton, Systems Engineer, Fabric

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