Chances are good that you use a computer for the majority of your job. Chances are also good that you are a busy person during your day. You need your computer to work for you and work efficiently. You don’t have time to do excessive maintenance to keep it at peak performance. You are not alone! We all can use some easy, quick and effective tweaks to keep our computers running optimally so that we can spend our time tackling the rest of the world.
Here are 5 easy (we like easy!) tips for better computer performance:
5 – Spring (Or in this case, Summer) Cleaning – Keep your PC Sparkling Inside and Out
- Regularly cleaning your computer opens up the clogs/vents and gives space to free circulation thereby reducing heat in the system. For a detailed guide to cleaning your PC, check out this Microsoft guide.
- Clean up the files in your computer so that it can have some free space and perform well for you. I strongly recommend trying out CCleaner
- We’ve all had a lot of hang-ups from our computer. Defragmenting your HDD will make accessing files easier for your computer indirectly improving performance.
2. Secure Your Computer
- Security is a very important aspect in today’s computer and networking world. We now have always-on internet connections and this creates the need for better security. Create a strong password for your user account and make sure that the user accounts you always access to use the computer is not an Administrator powered one. If you always use a restricted account on your machine, it will prevent malware from installing without your consent since you won’t have the required privileges.
- Make sure that you have proper Antivirus software installed and updated. I personally like McAfee Total Security. If you can’t pay for security software try Microsoft Security Essentials or Avira AntiVir Personal.
- Always listen to what the security centre has to say. Keep your Firewall turned on and be aware of how you might get infected.
3. Keep your Software Updated and Patched
- Never put off updating software version/windows. If there’s a new version of software you use install it as soon as possible. Newer versions of software come with lesser bugs and superior security.
- Use a Version Checker such as CNET’s Tech Tracker so that your computer automatically alerts you when there’s obsolete software on board.
4. Backup your Important Files
- Always have a Backup of the important files which you have. An External HDD is a very good option to sync files between your computer and the storage media.
- Cloud storage options such as Amazon’s Cloud Drive, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Mozy or iDrive provide back-up services as well as accessibility from other computers so that you always have access to your needed files and documents.
5. Review your Configuration
- Take time to review whether your computer’s configuration meets the minimum requirements of installed programs.
- Almost all programs list “Minimum System Requirements” as well as “Recommended System Requirements”. If you’re only meeting the Minimum Requirements, the program you are using will not run optimally.
- Upgrade your RAM. RAM is the easiest, most cost-effective upgrade for an instant performance increase.