1. Memory Upgrade.
This is probably the best upgrade option that will improve the performance of your computer. By installing more memory (RAM), you will speed up how fast your applications open and function. You will also allow your computer to open more applications at the same time.
2. Regular Maintenance
Just like vehicles, computers need to be regularly maintained to continue to run at peak performance. Checking your hard drive health and performing disk defragmentation amongst other maintenance tasks at periodic intervals will ensure that you are working most productively. Every slow moment your computer has while you are working on it wastes your valuable time and it can really add up. Any managed IT service plan or contract should definitely include this type of maintenance — regularly.
3. Spyware Check
If your computer is becoming slow and unstable, this could be a very good indication that your computer is infected with spyware. Spyware has a knack for stealing precious system resources to perform its unsavvory acts of mischief. This most likely will slow your computer down to the point of freezing and crashing. Again, if you are on a managed IT service plan or contract, your provider should include scanning for spyware and other malware as part of their regularly scheduled maintenance.
4. Disable those uncessary background program
Most brand computers (Lenovo, HP, Gateway, ASUS, etc..) have software pre-installed that loads up during start up and then ends up using memory. This results in the loss of system resources and the slowing down of your computer system. Seek these programs out and uninstall them if you can or have an IT Consultant remove them from your computer’s startup routine.
5. The SSD (Solid State Drive)!
This last solution is game changing for a small business and could put a lot of money back into your pocket. The SSD! SSD stands for “Solid State Drive” and it is a new technology of disk that has been getting a lot of attention recently. The main difference between solid state drives (SSD) and your regular old hard disk drive (HDD) is that the SSD is so much faster and much more robust. It can turn an old computer taking 15 minutes to boot to only taking 50 seconds to boot. You’ll definitely want to talk to an IT Consultant to figure out what SSD is the most cost effective and right for you.
In conclusion, please realize that even though these suggestions will speed up your system, “speed” is all relative. These recommendations may not be sufficient for a computer or a computer network that is seriously out of date. If you are having consistent and constant hang ups, slow downs, and freezing occuring on your computer or network — it may be a sign of something more serious.