When optimizing your computer, there may be a few things you could be doing wrong, or as most cases have shown, there may be some things you’re not doing at all and won’t help your computer even if you optimize it regularly.

A computer that is continuously slowing down can be annoying and greatly impacts on productivity. Technicians call this “bit rot” because often the root cause of a slow computer is not because of a lack of optimization, but because the problem is YOU and what you’re doing wrong, or what you’re not doing that adds to the problem.

You installed too many applications

There’s nothing wrong with installing software, but remember that every application you install consumes precious computer resources. So if you installed too many applications – most you don’t really need – many of these have features that make them run in the background even when not in use, and consumes available RAM resources. So, uninstall applications you don’t need, and for the rest, disable the feature that makes them run in the background.

Applications that run at startup

And speaking of the applications you installed, some also have a feature that allows them to run at startup, thus, slowing down your computer further, especially during boot time. Launch the Task Manager, click on Startup, and turn off applications that run on startup.

Never turning your computer off

Imagine not turning off your television or car, so they run 24/7 with no rest. Think they’ll last for long? Turning off your computer at the end of the day, and restarting a computer at least once a week after it boots, is necessary for a computer’s good health because:

  • It flushes out the RAM and let’s your machine run on a clean slate, making it run more efficiently.
  • It fixes memory leaks in some applications.
  • It automatically updates and runs diagnostics during booting or restarting, fixing needed patches.

You aren’t doing regular maintenance

Regular maintenance is also a form of optimizing your computer because a well-maintained computer means an efficiently running machine. When you don’t do Disk Drive Fragmentation, Hard Drive Check Disk to repair “bad” sectors, and not running your antivirus software to do a System Scan, then your computer will definitely slow down no matter how much you optimize it. When you don’t do these necessary maintenance, your hard drive may eventually crash prematurely, or your system files become corrupted because they are in bad sectors in the hard drive.

You allow cached temp files to build up

When you don’t do regular maintenance then it’s a given that you don’t run Disk Cleanup. One of the things that Disk Cleanup does is to get rid of temporary files like system log files, images, cached browser data, etc. that builds up and collects over time. Doing regular disk cleanup by clicking on Disk Cleanup will delete these unnecessary files, plus other files you might have forgotten like not cleaning out your Recycle Bin.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:23:55 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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