This week’s blog on computer basics tells you how to ensure your PC doesn’t lag
It can be deeply frustrating to have your computer act up and slow down at the opportune moment. However, almost all of us have had to experience this at some point in our life with the computer.
While the computer will tend to slow down over a period of time, there are little things we can all do to ensure we delay the arrival of such a time.
What are they? Let’s take a look:
Update your OS and software
Yes, the process of updating the software on your computer can test your patience, but it is best for your system in the long run.
This will help protect it from virus attacks and make the applications run faster. To enable auto-update of your OS, go to the System and Security settings in the Control Panel, click on Turn automatic updating on or off and turn on the auto-update.
Delete temporary files
Most applications you use on the computer can leave behind temporary files. These files can remain in the hard drive and slow your system. To avoid this, delete all the temporary files. Press Windows+R on the keyboard and when Run opens, key in Temp and hit enter. Then, permanently delete all the files.
Back up your files in a hard disk
All the photos, word docs and presentations you make over a period of time remain in the computer. These occupy space and can slow down the system in the long run. Hence, it is advisable to periodically transfer all your files from the system to a hard disk.
Uninstall unnecessary software
Most of us tend to install software that we do not really use. Instead of keeping the software in the system, which can slow down the computer, uninstall it. It is best to uninstall all unnecessary software from the PC. To do this, go to the Control Panel, choose Programs and click on Uninstall a program . It is as simple as that.
Prevent unnecessary start ups
When you start your system for the first time, there are several programs that start running in the background without your knowledge. To prevent this, press Windows+R and in the Run tab type MSCONFIG. A startup tab will then open. Manually uncheck all the programs you don’t wish to start when you boot your computer.