If your computer is showing signs of age, numerous issues may affect its performance. Here, you’ll learn five reasons your computer is slowing down and a few ways to speed it up again.
The Motion of the Hard Drive
Traditional hard drives spin when in use, and that motion may be slowing down your machine. Upgrading from a platter-based hard drive to an SSD (solid state drive) is one of the easiest ways to speed up a computer. SSDs are relatively inexpensive, and they’re a good way to give your computer additional capacity and better performance.
Another easy and cheap way to upgrade your computer’s performance is to add more RAM. Your computer’s CPU (central processing unit) can access important data from the RAM much faster than it can from an SSD or hard drive. The more RAM your machine has, the more information it can store for ready access.
It’s possible to speed up a computer without upgrading the hardware just by asking less of it. If you have multiple applications running and several browser windows open, you may be overworking your computer. Your machine’s performance will improve (and its fans may finally turn off) if you don’t multitask as often. Close apps that aren’t in use and close unneeded browser tabs. To find out which apps are resource-intensive, Windows and MacOS machines both have utilities that show what’s straining the network, disk, memory, and CPU.
Not Staying Up to Date
Updates to Windows or MacOS include new features and enhancements that improve performance and security. It’s a great idea to keep your computer current by downloading and implementing updates as soon as they are released. For instance, Windows 10 downloads updates and installs them automatically. However, you can set active times so updates don’t derail your work day. You can also check for updates manually in the Windows Update or MacOS App Store menus.
Have you ever installed Flash because a website told you to? Then, did you start seeing pop-up ads, or worse yet—were you locked out of your computer by a fake antivirus program? If so, you were dealing with malware. These programs not only produce annoying ads, they run in the background without your knowledge. Various antimalware programs are easy to download, install, and run, and they’ll keep your machine running smoothly.
Though computers are designed to last for a few years before an upgrade becomes necessary, certain factors may cause them to lose performance over time. By considering these factors and following the tips in this guide, you can speed up your computer and help it last longer.