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Five steps to save on a new computer this Christmas!

How many letters to Santa will read ‘new computer’ this year? Whether it’s a laptop, desktop or new Mac, we can already hear the patter of keystrokes and the grumbling of how slow the computer is. Here are five tricks to help speed up your computer and avoid having to dig deep for a new PC.

HOW TO SPEED UP A COMPUTER:

Clean out start-up items

Every time Windows boots it will also load up additional programs, often lots. This happens automatically and the more you have, the slower the PC will start and the slower it will run.

Disabling them in Startup will help, but it’s best to find out which ones you need and which ones you don’t - try disabling them and then rebooting to see which ones are slowing you down. You can always re-enable them later.

Remove bloatware

PCs often arrive with pre-installed programs you are unlikely to have ever used, like disc copying (burning) programs or games. There are also media plugins and camera software you probably don’t need. The good news is you can uninstall many of them.

Most manufacturers do this to some extent, just look for all those icons on the screen for applications and programs you have never used, culprits can include the 90 day versions of anti-virus software and trial office packages you didn’t continue with.

Clear out temporary files

As your computer gets older it collects unused files and settings which take up hard drive space and make your computer perform slower, until it gets painfully slow, at which point you decide to do something about it.

As a temp folder would suggest, it holds files that are only needed temporarily. Once used, these files aren’t usually needed again; unfortunately they don’t delete themselves, resulting in wasted drive space.

Adjust the settings on your PC

With older versions of Windows there are a lot of services that run in the background, continually updating and supporting programs. Most are set to automatic, meaning they use processor power and memory even when you don’t need them to. You can often change these settings to manual, meaning they only start when needed.

Update everything

Out of date Windows, programs and drivers can cause your computer to run slowly. It is always a good idea to check you have the latest version. Visiting Windows Update is a good idea, even if updates are installed automatically, there might be other, useful updates worth installing.

The old adage remains true, “The longer you run a computer, the more clutter it gathers”.

No matter how good you are about staying up to date and keeping your PC clean, they will slow down over time. Hale IT has many ways to speed up your PC or laptop without upgrading your hardware. For more information on repairing and cleaning your computer call us on 0161 941 2525 or email info@haleit.net.

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