Is your PC sluggish? Does it "crash" frequently? Do you find yourself waiting too long before your PC is ready to do more work? Here are some tips that can help speed up your systems and help you get more done!
Defragmentation (Defrag) is a process that re-organizes your disk drives so they access data more quickly. Here is a good overview of defragmentation. Each version of Windows is a bit different, so you will have to read a bit to find out the exact procedures for your system.
There are many different ways your system can become "infected" with software that does things you do not want to do. There are several programs that can help with specific types of issues. Here is a good starting point to find programs that will help get rid of any unwanted use of your computer.
Random Access Memory (RAM) is the fast work space for your personal computer. As a rule of thumb, the more you have, the faster things go. Increasing the amount of RAM can dramatically improve many kinds of operations. Here is a good place to get an understanding of what RAM is and how it can help you.
Windows Indexing Service
The many versions of Windows have an indexing service that helps the computer find information faster. For many users however, the indexing service uses more resources than it is worth. Here is more information about what the indexing service does.
Buy a New Computer
Most accountants will recommend using a three to five year depreciation life cycle on a personal computer because the technology becomes obsolete. We also recommend you do a significant upgrade of your personal computers every three years. If your personal computer is more than three years old, this may be why it is slow.