And Sometimes, The Problem is in the Software

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You’ve bought a new computer. You’ve hardly used it. But after a few weeks, or months, you realize that your spanking-new computer is running slowly.

Software and computer programs are two terms used nearly interchangeably.

Maybe you’ve even called me about it. I cleaned up your computer, and then told you what the *real* problem is:

You’ve got too many programs open, and too many programs overall.

The newer computers come with a myriad of useful (and less useful) programs – from VLC media player, to Skype, maybe Dropbox or Bluestacks, to games, and probably a million others I’ve never even thought of.

All of these take up space.Each program that you’ve downloaded means that there’s less space on your hard drive for the stuff that *really* matters to you.

And every program that automatically loads whenever you turn on your computer, slows down the startup. It slows down the running. It slows the loading time. It slows down the computer’s reaction time. And if it continues for too long, it’ll cause freezing and crashing, too.

The solution? Every once in a while, go to your control panel, and select “programs and features”. Run through the list, and uninstall (remove) any program you’ve used less than once a month. Maximum, if you ever need the program again, you’ll simply reinstall it. DON’T uninstall any part of Microsoft Office, though – if you ever choose to reinstall them, you’ll need to pay a lot of money.

This is one step that I won’t do for you, ever – because uninstalling, or any kind of deleting, is your responsibility only.

Is your computer slow to start? Slow to run? Want me to clean your computer? Click here!

Maybe you have some questions, or need some help? Drop me a line, and we’ll chat (free!).

-Yonason

 

Sometimes, Hardware is the Problem

Most people will have to deal with a slow computer at some point. Some know how to speed their computers up. And some don’t.

There are people who know how to fix half of their computer’s problems, but not the other half. They don’t even know what the other half are. They don’t understand why their computer is slow in the first place.

There are two types of problems that slow your computer down: Problems in the hardware, and problems in the software.

Some hardware problems can’t be fixed, unless you completely switch the OS (operating system). The hardware is outdated, faulty, broken, or just old. Computers need to be replaced every so often. And the newer models, just like the newer cars, are built to break down earlier.

The old computers, that took up a whole room, weren’t that great, and I would never suggest going back to them.

But there is a middle generation, of functioning, modern computers, that simply lack the gloss of the newer ones. They’re the hardiest of the lot, and the most stable. Problem is, it’s hard to find them nowadays.

And maybe you’re one of those who prefers gloss and features over a computer’s hardcore work ability. That’s fine, too.

Regardless of your personal preference, the fact of the matter is this:

Today’s laptops are meant to last between two to five years. Today’s desktops are meant to last between five and seven years. And during that time, they need regular checkups, like a doctor for a computer.

Think of your computer as needing two kinds of care: A hospital stay, and a well-computer check.

The hospital stay, where you take your computer in for a day or three, is only necessary when you’re experiencing actual problems.

The checkup is something you want to do between every three to six months. You can do it yourself. Or you can ask me.

It basically means going through the system, fixing up-and-coming problems, and using top-of-the-line software to do a thorough cleaning of your computer’s hard disk and software.

Need help? Just ask.

I offer free 15-minute consultations, no strings attached. I’d love to hear from you.

-Yonason