Saturday, December 15, 2012

Improving the Performance of Your PC - A Guide

Over the past one or two decades PCs have become an integral part of our lives. We use them as sources of information, to shop, to play, to work and much more. As a leading piece of technology, PCs have enjoyed rapid development – new and better software and hardware features are released for them every day.

If we want to enjoy these latest developments and the benefits they bring with themselves, hardware upgrades are in order. However, not everyone can afford to buy new parts for their computer and even if they can, it’s hard to keep up with the market. So, short of breaking the bank, what else can be done to improve the performance of the PC?

  • First and foremost, you always need to take proper care of your PC’s safety and security, i.e. make sure that it isn't infected with any viruses, spyware and so on. In addition to jeopardising the safety of your data and personal information, viruses take up some of your PC’s resources and thus hamper its capability of operating at optimal speed.

  • Another very important thing is to regularly clean up your hard drives of unnecessary data and software. That includes deleting the files in the Recycle Bin, the temporary files and the data you no longer need, and uninstalling the software you no longer use. The more information your PC has to handle at any one time, the more memory it will use and the slower it will be.

  • You may find defragmentation to be quite boring and time-consuming but it is a necessary evil. Defragmentation eases your PC’s access to all files and thus increases its speed. When you delete files, they leave gaps in the file structure of your hard drive and when you access one of the remaining files, they have to be located. Defragmentation fixes those gaps and gathers everything in one place so they are more easily found and opened.

  • If you are finding your PC’s start up time frustrating, you can reduce the number of programs that start automatically. You might have used a program regularly once, but do you still use it now? Think about what you really need when the PC starts and what you can start up later if you want to.

  • Don’t go overboard with the visual effect you allow your operating system to display. No matter how advanced the hardware is, having to display numerous effects can hamper any computer’s speed. Enjoy them for some time if you must, but simplify them afterwards to really benefit from the money you’ve invested.

  • If all this sounds like gibberish to you, there are programs that can improve your PC’s speed for you. The market is literally flooded with them so you need to properly investigate before investing, but most of these programs perform little tweaks here and there that help the overall performance of the machine.

If your PC still isn’t satisfying you after all these corrections, the time for new hardware or an entirely new machine has arrived. After all, no matter how much you patch it up, it will get old one day, it’s just the nature of things… With so many discounts on hardware available these days, though, it might not be so unbearable to equip yourself with a brand new PC in no time.

Rita Rova is a technology writer for Love My Vouchers – the voucher code website that lists the latest discounts on PCs, laptops and mobile devices available from top UK stores. 

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