November 29, 2012
A slow computer undermines productivity in the workplace. But what’s causing it to be so sluggish?
We’ve all been there. One day your PC seems fine and the next you’re struggling to open applications and save files on your hard drive. What was once a finely-tuned instrument of productivity is now an endless source of frustration.
Unfortunately, pinpointing the exact reason your computer is running slow is difficult, but there are a few steps you can take to help you remedy the situation before calling in the experts.
- Try rebooting your computer. A lot of people leave their computers running 24/7, which can lead to reduced performance. Save all open files, quite all applications, and simply restart your computer. If it’s not responding, try pressing Control, ALT, Delete to reboot a PC. This could be all it needs.
- Update your operating system and virus scanner. If you haven’t checked for updates to your operating system or virus scanner for awhile, this could be what’s slowing you down. Most operating systems and virus scanners have an auto-updater, but it doesn’t hurt to check if you’re missing any critical updates.
- Check your hard disk for adequate space. Your computer could be running slow because it doesn’t have resources for the task at hand. Now would be a good time to clean out temporary files, defragment your hard drive, and uninstall unused programs.
- Deselect unnecessary startup programs. Many programs are, by default, set to launch when you start your computer, which can drain your computer’s performance. Deselect any unnecessary programs that launch on startup and then reboot your computer to see if your computer is running faster.
If you’ve made it this far and your computer is still running slow, you may need to call in an expert to identify the problem. A qualified IT specialist will be able to diagnose the issue and provide solutions to help your computer get back up to speed.
For help with your computer, or any other IT issue, contact AMRCON. We help businesses and organizations in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania find solutions to their technology problems.