Computer performance is a problem that many users face regardless of computer age, manufacturer or operating system. Apple users seldom complain about performance issues, but those with Windows operating systems often have situations where the computer slows down dramatically, even taking noticeably longer to complete its boot sequence.
Unfortunately, computer performance problems are not always caused by the operating system, but can also stem from hardware issues, virus and malware problems, or in some cases lack of memory.
Diagnosing these problems can be difficult without professional help but there are some steps you can take to improve performance perceptibly.
The most common hardware issue that can degrade computer performance is system memory. When you purchase a new computer, memory installed on the system is typically the minimum required to run the operating system. The manufacturers will install 4 GB or more but many still believe 2 GB be sufficient. They will of course give you the option to upgrade the memory at exorbitant rates. It is better to purchase additional memory from trusted retailers, whether online or at your nearest computer store. Aim to install the maximum memory that your motherboard will allow. This will give a noticeable improvement in PC performance. For gamers, graphics memory may be a problem since branded computers typically utilise on-board graphics that are unsuitable for advanced gamers. Check the specifications of a new game and purchase a graphics card that meets or exceeds these requirements. Graphics performance will no longer be a problem.
Performance issues can develop over time, as more and more applications are installed. However, changing some settings on your operating system can actually improve performance as many unnecessary settings are switched on by default in every operating system install. The most common problem is visual effects that are enabled automatically. Unless you are very attached to these effects, switching off is highly recommended. Ensure your virus solution is up-to-date and regular scans take place. In addition, be wary of installing software applications from unproven companies as many of these contain viruses and applications that deliberately slow down on your system or compromise your private data.
In addition to the above tips, others are available that will improve computer performance. However, each problem is different and requires a different solution. Regardless of the problems experienced, online research is invaluable and can assist novice users determine possible solutions.
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