11 Reasons for PC issues and tips on how to Fix Slow Computer - I bet you wouldn’t like #10

Slow Computer

How often do you feel frustrated with your computer acting up, being slow, freezing up? This list does not cover all the reasons, but when it comes to personal computers it should give you a head start on understanding what causes slow performance – specifically for Windows-based machines. You should get some useful tips (and we’ll use a common-sense approach when discussing them.)

Reason #1: Your computer was running for a long time without a reboot.

Slow Computer 1

  •  Cold Reboot/Cold Restart is when you just plain push the Power button until computer turns completely off.
  • Warm Reboot/Warm Restart is when you manually navigate to the Restart option from your taskbar.

 Reason #3: Hard drive corrupted or fragmented

  • Run ScanDisk or something equivalent to verify there is nothing physically wrong with the computer hard drive.
  • Run Defrag to help ensure that data is arranged in the best possible order.
Reason #4: Too Many Background programs

Reason #5: Your computer is Infected with a Virus or Malware

Reason #6: Hardware conflicts and outdated drivers 

Reason #7: Your version of Windows (or any other platform you may be using) or other software is out of date.

  • Make sure you have all the latest Windows updates installed in the computer.
  •  If you are on the Internet when your computer is slow also make sure all browser plugins are up-to-date.
 Practical Advice: Link for Windows users – more information about Windows Update

Reason #8: Computer or processor is overheating 

Practical Advice: Use common sense when cleaning your computer

  1. Turn computer off before cleaning
  2. Never apply liquid or solvent liquid onto any computer component. If a spray is needed, spray the liquid onto a cloth and then use that cloth to gently rub down the component.
  3. Use a vacuum to get rid of dirt and dust around the computer on the outside case.
  4. Do not use a vacuum to clean inside of your computer. Vacuum generates static electricity. It can damage the internal components of your computer. You may also get hit by “static” charge from a generated back voltage. Instead, we recommend using compressed air.
  5. When cleaning fans be careful when spraying compressed air into a fan, especially the smaller fans within a portable computer or laptop. Hold the fan to prevent it from spinning.
  6. Watch out for turns, knobs, wires and plugs. Try not to touch or adjust them.
 Reason #9: Your PC requires a Memory upgrade

  1. Add new memory in open slots, if you have them or;
  2. Replace the existing memory with new, greater capacity models.
 Reason #10: Old computer

If your computer is older than 3 years come to terms that it is likely the age of the computer that is causing it to be slow. Computers progress at an alarming rate as new programs and updates for programs come out their minimum requirements increase and will cause older computers to slow down. If your computer is older than five years we suggest purchasing a new computer or just realize it is going to run slow because it is old.
Practical Advice: Buy a new computer – but consult with IT professional about buying a new PC BEFORE heading to the store. [In New Jersey, get a NJ IT consulting company]

 Reason #11: Hardware Failure

 Finally, if your computer continues to be slow after going over each of the above recommendations it’s possible that your computer is experiencing a more serious hardware related issue such as a failing component in the computer. This could be a failing or bad hard drive, CPU, RAM. In this case, it may be best and more cost effective to simply buy a new computer.



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