New Years is right around the corner. We already know most us us will not exercise more or quit smoking. But we can make some changes in our computing lives that will benefit us in 2011. These are some helpful tips you should do right away to make your computer run better and faster and avoid spending another year with a problematic PC.
Tips To Improve Computer Performance
Speed is a relative thing. Your computer might be extremely fast, but its performance could be hindered by other factors. Try these tips to improve your computer and its performance:
Updrade your network – Chances are your computer is still running on the old wireless spec 802.11g. A new spec has emerged and updating your wireless router and WiFi adapters to 802.11n can drastically improve both the speed and range of your wireless network. Read more about Wireless N Routers here.
Add RAM – One of the easiest ways to improve a computer’s performance is to upgrade the RAM. RAM is the active memory of the computer (not the hard drive). The more active memory you have, the faster your computer will run, as it will not have to rely on the slower hard drive to access data. Visit a site like Crucial.com to see what your computer currently has and what it’s capable of running.
Do some computer maintenance – Run a backup, purge your old temp files and defrag the hard drive. You’ll be surprised how much performance you’ll gain by doing routine computer maintenance. Go through our computer maintenance checklist here.
Updates – Visit Microsoft Updates to make sure you have the latest security patches installed. In addition, if you haven’t already enabled automatic updates, be sure to do so via the control panel.
Install or Update Your Antivirus – If you haven’t been running an anti-virus, or if your program has expired, you should uninstall your old anti-virus and install one of our free antivirus alternatives from our computer software downloads site. Malware is a prime suspect in any slow computer.
Buy your computer something nice – A new keyboard and mouse can help rejuvenate your old computer and make it seem new again. The Microsoft Wireless Keyboard and Mouse is one of our favorites.
Clean up your workspace – You’d be surprised how much clutter you can get rid of around your desk. Old CDs, old papers, cables and devices should be removed and discarded to make room for new purchases. A clean workspace can also help inspire creativity.
If you follow these suggestions, you can help extend the life of your computer, as well as make computing safer and more enjoyable for you and your family. If you have New Years computing resolutions of your own, let us know!