It is inevitable that your computer will experience slower speeds at some point. Software, including the operating system becomes more demanding over time with OS version upgrades in particular, and this impacts computer performance. Also, old and outdated hardware can cause your computer to slow down. There are two directions you can take to make your computer run faster: hardware upgrades, and system optimization.

Let’s discuss system optimization:

1. Restart your computer.

Restarting your computer is the easiest way to fix a lot of PC problems. When you restart, you stop all running software and pieces of data that are draining your computers processing power.

2. Uninstall unnecessary software.

Your computer comes preloaded with several applications that many people won’t use. If you can identify these, you can uninstall them.

3. Check for spyware and viruses.

Make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date and regularly scans your computer.

4. Look at your web browser.

Every time you visit a website, your browser remembers details so that next time you visit the page loads faster. Clearing this cache of files can help your computer to run faster.

5. Empty your recycle bin.

A lot of things that you delete, aren’t completely gone until the Recycle Bin is emptied.

6. Specialist services.

Taking your computer to a specialist for a service, should be on your annual to-do list. They know how to get right in deep to clean up and optimize your computer.

Now, regarding hardware upgrades:

1. Upgrade the Hard Drive to a Solid-State Drive.

This will increase the speed of your computer, particularly on start up. If you already have an SSD, you might need to consider the age of the drive (newer drives are faster), or whether other components are responsible.

2. Add more RAM to your PC.

Not all devices can take a RAM upgrade, and generally we recommend bringing this to our experts to assist and advise.

3. Upgrade your GPU.

Not all devices have an upgradable graphics card, but if your computer does, upgrading this can provide you with a better experience with gaming and video.

All computers and their components degrade and must be replaced or upgraded over time. But with proper care and regular expert services, you can delay that and give your computer a long life.