Lansing, Michigan (WILX) – We all have our computers slowing down at the worst of times, whether you’re shopping for the holidays or just surfing the web. Jamey Tucker, his reporter for Consumer Technology, shares a few tricks you can try before buying a new one.
The good news is that the lifespan of computers has increased significantly. The bad news is that the older they get, the slower they get. These simple tweaks may improve speed.
First, look at Task Manager to see what programs are running. Press Ctrl Alt Delete or start Task Manager in Settings.
Each process uses memory or CPU. Google Chrome was running in 22 processes, consuming about 24% of CPU and 1.6GB of memory. Chrome consumes a lot of memory, so close unused browser tabs or restart Chrome completely.
[設定], select Apps to launch, and turn off unnecessary apps when you first turn on your computer. Your PC should boot much faster.
Many people put their PCs into “sleep mode” when they are not in use for a few hours or overnight. Instead, turn off the machine several times a week. Not only will it keep things running smoothly, but it will install Windows updates the next time you boot.
For older computers, consider upgrading to an SSD or solid state hard drive. These cost around $100 and make your computer feel like new. everything will be faster. Your best bet is to have a computer shop do it.
As you work, ask if your machine needs more memory.
These tips aren’t limited to Windows PCs, some even speed up Mac computers.
Remember: Never take a call from “tech support” asking you to speed up your computer. they are a scam.
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