This one is about speeding up your computer and keeping it easy. Truth is, there are lots of reasons a computer can slow down, but among them are three core tenants that should be your go-to S-olutions.
So What’s Going On?
The main reasons computers slow down is because the finite resources – hard drive space, processing speed and virtual memory – are getting used up. So why does slowdown happen over a period of time? The simple answer is programs. Your new PC probably came with a host of programs when you bought it. Promos, demos and brand-related tools that you likely don’t want and/or need.
And over time you’ve added more, right? More apps, more games, more browsers and browser add-ons …so now it’s gotten to the point where the resources that seemed so plentiful at the outset have become used up. More programs means more things are trying to run at the same time.
Hit the key combination of CTRL + SHIFT + ESC. This works on any version of Windows and brings up the Task Manager. Click on the tab that says Processes. This is a list of things that are currently running on your computer, and how much of your computer’s speed and energy they’re using.
What do you see? Are there programs here you don’t recognize? Are there things running in the background you don’t need. You can right-click on a given process and opt to “End Process,” though this isn’t necessarily recommended. Sure you can stop a given process, but that won’t stop it from re-initializing later. Instead, you an control how and when your computer lets a given application run by remembering the three S’s. Continue reading