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10 Tech tips for Friday the 25th of May

Happy Friday! – Slow computers… and how to speed them up!

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Who else is fed up with GDPR? Here are a few tips to try and help you over the weekend, the last thing you need is a slow computer when dealing with all those emails!

  1. Windows & Mac – Programs: Installed programs are the No1 cause of a computer to slow down, and every time you install a new application, it installs data and modifies startup behaviour, services, memory usage e.t.c. So next time you go to install that Jacquie Lawson snow globe on your desktop, think twice! To uninstall programs on Windows, go to the control panel & “Uninstall a program”. On a Mac, go to your applications folder, and drag applications that you no longer need, into the bin! Easy.
  2. Windows Only – Startup items: When your computer turns on, there is a list of items that are loaded every time, this list can grow over the months & years of owning your computer. You can check your startup items by pressing CTRL + ALT + DELETE keys altogether. Then go to Task manager, then click the Start up Tab. Here you can disable items you know you don’t need anymore, thus speeding up your computer!
  3. Windows & Mac – Browser add-ons: My No1 pet hate. Your browsing on the internet and a website tries to install an add-on for your browser. This applies to Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox e.t.c. Get rid of them! I have seen computers with 30+ add-ons installed, browsers just cannot cope with it. If you want a weather app, make a bookmark to a weather website, want a spell checker? Use the built-in spell checker on Google Chrome.
  4. Windows & Mac – Give the computer a chance!!!: For those users who like to use their computer for half an hour & then switch it off again, this applies to you! Leaving your computer on for short periods of time does not give it time to perform maintenance tasks such as defragging & downloading new updates. Once a month, just leave your computer on for a whole day and let it get on with this business. If your computer auto sleeps, you will need to change a setting to stop it, normally found in settings on Windows & System Preferences on Mac.
  5. Windows Only – Disk Clean up: When was the last time you performed a disk clean up? Can’t remember? You can run a disk clean up by typing “Disk Cleanup” in the Windows search box next to the start button. Click Disk Clean up. Tick all the boxes on the next screen, then click “Ok”. This will now perform a cleanup. Just make sure you don’t need any data from the recycle bin before doing so!
  6. Windows & Mac – Cluttered Desktop: Do you keep lots of data & icons on your desktop? the more you keep there, the harder your computer must load them all up when you switch on. File them away into your documents, pictures, music folders. And if you need to access certain files frequently, then just create a shortcut onto your desktop from the location of that file! It all helps.
  7. Windows Only – Operating system corruption: The Windows operating system can get corrupted by many things, Virus, Installing / Uninstalling a program, performing updates e.t.c you can run a quick scan to check your operating system health – Type in the search box (Bottom right) “CMD” Then right click on “Command Prompt” then click “Run as administrator” then click “Yes” a black box will appear. Now type in “SFC/ SCANNOW” without quotes. Your computer will now be checking the health of your operating system. Again this *applies to Windows computers only*
  8. Windows & Mac – Broadband speeds: Maybe it’s your broadband slowing you down? Here is a reliable website for checking your broadband speeds – Click the link and you will get an instant answer to how quick your download speed is. 5Mbps + is good for emails, and general browsing 15Mbps+ is good for video streaming, 30Mbps+ is good for Ultra High Definition streaming and downloading very large files. Anything above this, you should be rocking!
  9. Windows & Mac – Perhaps it needs a bit more kick! Your computer may not be slow due to software glitches, there may be a hardware problem, for example – The Hard Drive might be on its way out! We can run a free remote diagnostic on your computer to check that. If there is no fault, then software is causing the problem.
  10. Memory – Another hardware upgrade – Your computer may be running out of memory! today’s standard is 8GB, when supplying/building a new pc, I don’t recommend anything less as it may cause problems for you in the future when Microsoft & Apple update their operating systems.

I hope this has been of some help to you all! Have a great weekend.

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