9 Tips to Improve Computer Performance
A slow computer can be incredibly frustrating and the reliance of computers for our daily business activities either ensures that we are productive or unable to keep up with the demands of our daily business expectations.
We need and expect our computers to perform as fast as they did from day one, so here are some tips to improve your computers performance.
1. Keep your Operating System and Software Updated
2. Disable Startup Programs
Not all programs are created equal, some are heavier than others. On Windows 10/11 computers under task manager, you can manage which programs are starting up by default. We recommend disabling as many programs as possible to reduce the impact of several heavy utilization applications consuming precious resources as possible and only starting them when needed. Some of these apps include Drobox, iCloud, OneDrive, Anydesk, TeamViewer, Google Drive, iTunes Helper, Zoom, Teams, Adobe Reader, Chrome, Edge.
Where possible disable as many startup programs to improve boot up times on your computer, by default, Chrome and Edge run in the background, disabling these can improve general computer performance as well as startup performance.
3. Defragmentation of Disk
On SSD Drives, a retrim helps to improve disk performance and should also be completed at least monthly. The Trim helps to determine what data is no longer in use and helps improve lifespan of the drive.
4. Free Space Management
We recommend running a disk cleanup and always budgeting for future storage requirements when using a drive. In general, we budget for a 30-40% increase in storage space over a 1–3-year period and ensure that disks can maintain that.
To further manage free space, we recommend running a disk cleanup (Built-in tool on Windows computers) that will allow you to run and clean temp files and resource clogging space that can be removed safely.
5. Hardware Upgrade
The Read/Write speeds of a Spindle Hard Drive compared to a Solid-State Hard Drive is night and day. Where possible, always use a SSD drive on a computer to improve performance response times.
A handy trick is to look for SSD drives that have a minimum of 3-year warranty and are from reputable manufacturers that allow you to install a toolbox to monitor the disk’s health. For info on a reputable brand, contact our sales team.
The next tip is to check how much memory is installed on your computer. For most standard computing applications today, we recommend a minimum of 8GB Memory; Before upgrading always check that your computer is a 64-bit operating system to allow more memory to work otherwise you will be limited to 4GB Memory.
Several computers today will work on 16GB and 32GB of Memory. Check on the hardware limitations before wasting money on hardware that you can’t use.
6. Anti-Malware Protection
We recommend the use and installation of business grade products like Eset and Sophos for protection – Out of the box, these products may not be optimized for performance, so a good understanding of configuration would be required – Our team of engineers can help you to configure and setup for your environment.
7. Enable Hardware Acceleration
Enabling hardware acceleration can improve performance in graphic-intensive applications like video editing software or gaming. Check the settings of your software or browser to see if hardware acceleration is available and enable it if possible.
8. Remove Unnecessary Programs
9. Never upgrade between Windows Versions
By following these tips and tricks, you should see an improvement of performance on your computer in general and while we recommend and follow these tips ourselves, always be careful and be sure to keep backups of all your data (Tested and confirmed working of course).
The information provided in this document is to be used at the users own risk and Ativo ICT accept no liability for any event that may occur as a result of the advice provided. We recommend consulting a professional for safely improving your computer performance.