Slow and steady wins the race — an old phrase that we have all been accustomed to, but in this age, regrettably, a slow and steady PC may cost you the race. Operating with a slow PC is not only frustrating but also wastes valuable time in handling a task. It may come gradually or all of a sudden, neither of which is pleasant to be in.
In the virtual assistant or remote work industry, efficient work means quick execution of activities without compromising output quality. However, how can you achieve this without a workspace that makes it possible?
It is not about having a poor set of PC specifications all the time. There are cases that other factors also lead to the slow performance of your computer.
Fortunately, there are simple tweaks that can help boost PC performance even on the slowest of computers. Here are some helpful system performance issue-based tips to consider:
Check if you have more juice in your computer. One possible reason for your PC slowdown is that you just do not have enough Random-Access Memory (RAM). RAM is the temporary storage for your laptop or PC. Specifically, it keeps all the things your computer needs on standby and when the time comes, it quickly pulls the information and hands it over to your processor.
The ideal RAM for tasks are as follows:
- 2-4GB of RAM for basic tasks like word processing and surfing the web
- 8-16GB for multi-tasking or graphics-intensive programs
While adding more RAM will not always speed up your laptop, you do need to have more than the minimum amount of RAM for certain programs to run properly. To find out how much RAM you have:
- Go to search icon or click the magnifying glass icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
- Type About in the search bar.
- Click Open. You will then see how much RAM you have under Device specifications, next to Installed RAM.
Disable startup programs. If your PC is taking a long time to boot up, you may have too many programs that are eating up your RAM and starting up when you turn on your PC.
To fix this issue, simply follow these steps:
- Right-click on the Start button.
- Click Task Manager.
- Select the Startup tab.
- Arrange the list of programs by Startup impact, if you’d like to see the programs that are taking up the most time.
- If you see a program that doesn’t need to be there, right-click it and click Disable.
Disable Windows tips and tricks. Odds are, you already know what you are doing and do not need a machine to tell you how to operate your PC. These Windows 10 tips scan your computer to function, and this process has an impact on performance.
To turn off these tips:
- Go to Start.
- Select Settings.
- Click System.
- Select Notifications & actions.
- Toggle off Get tips, tricks and suggestions.
Defragment your hard disk. Over time, when you keep saving and deleting files on your computer, it becomes fragmented. This results in your computer needing to check in multiple places for the pieces. Hence, it can run more slowly. The term defragment basically means putting those files back together so your system can run more efficiently. To carry out a defragment:
- Type defrag into the search box and press Enter.
- From the screen that appears, select the drive you want to defragment.
- Click the Optimize button to defragment it.
- If you want to have your disk or disks defragmented automatically, click the Change settings button, then check the box next to Run on a schedule.
- Select the frequency at which you want the disk(s) defragmented by clicking the drop-down next to frequency, and choose from daily, weekly or monthly, where weekly is recommended. Note: You only need to do this if your computer uses a traditional mechanical Hard Disk Drive (HDD). A Solid-State Drive (SSD) works another way from an HDD, and there is no need for defragmentation.
Try these simple and helpful tips to avoid frequent slow PC performance. The given pointers do not require too much time nor less penny from your pocket. Simply follow them and you will no longer have to worry about delaying your work every time the rush hour arrives. Remember, no matter how skillful you are, a slow outturn could lead to a poor impression for your employer or client.