Have you been finding that your computer is running more slowly than you remember it used to? Maybe some things that only took a moment a while ago suddenly seem to take a lot longer today, and it’s starting to become a little frustrating. Don’t worry, though; rather than running out and buying a whole new computer, try these tips to optimise your computer’s performance and give it that little speed boost it needs.
Easy Routine Maintenance
Don’t worry! It can actually be very easy to optimise your computer’s performance. It’s not a job that a professional has to do. In fact, Windows comes with a handful of utilities to help you take care of your computer and keep it running smoothly, and they’re all a piece of cake to use. For example, Microsoft recommends that you clean up errors on your computer’s hard disk once a week. That might sound like a big, scary job, but it’s really not – all you need to do is run Check Disk, a program that comes with Windows specifically to do just that. It can also remove any temporary files your computer’s saved up to help speed you up even more!
Prevention – Better Than Cure
There are a range of easy tasks you can do on a regular basis that come recommended by Microsoft, in fact, and they’ll all help you to optimise your computer’s performance. There’s also a few things you only need to do once to optimise your computer’s performance and keep on top of maintenance duty. As well as Check Disk, you might also want to run Disk Defragmenter once a week, which sorts the files your computer uses to do its work back into their proper places. Other things you can do include allowing Windows Update to update automatically, so that your computer remains up to date, and installing a good antivirus program to keep your computer safe online.
Extra help on all of these little jobs can be found on Microsoft’s support pages, with easy to follow, step by step instructions. Looking after your computer needn’t be difficult!
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