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A new computer is a significant investment for any business, large or small. Many companies end up using older systems for longer than they would like because they want to get their money’s worth out of the purchase.

Do you find yourself banging on your keyboard in frustration? Have you tried every tip and trick you found online, only to still struggle with a slow PC?

There are some great upgrades you can do that won’t cost as much as a new computer, and they’ll make your PC feel like new again.

Computer speed upUPGRADE TO A SOLID-STATE DRIVE (SSD)

The price of solid-state drives has decreased significantly in recent years, making them a budget-friendly upgrade that can help speed up an older computer.

HDDs have moving parts, while SSDs do not. SSDs use flash memory, which allows for quicker response time. This results in faster boot times and smoother performance when opening files and applications.

Some of the advantages of upgrading your computer’s hard drive to SSD include:

  • SSD read/write speeds up to 2500 MB/second compared to HDD at up to 200 MB/second
  • SSD access time of 0.1ms as compared to HDD at 5.5-8.0ms
  • SSDs use between 2-5 watts of energy compared to HDD at 6-15 watts

INCREASE THE RAM (MEMORY)

One low-cost upgrade that can lead to significant performance gains is a memory upgrade. If your PC only had 4GB of RAM when you bought it, you’re likely to have trouble opening too many tabs in your browser or using any graphics-heavy program.

Adding more RAM to your computer can make a big difference in its speed and performance. If your PC has available memory slots, upgrading to 8GB or 12GB of RAM can make it feel like you have an entirely new computer.

GET A PROFESSIONAL COMPUTER TUNE-UP

Online PC cleaners might not provide the same level of tune-up as a professional IT provider. We will deep clean your system by eliminating all the duplicate files, repairing internal errors, and checking the Windows Registry for any issues. This will help to speed up your system and keep it running smoothly.

We can also check for failing parts and provide guidance on your most impactful upgrade options.

GET HELP IMPROVING YOUR COMPUTER’S PERFORMANCE TODAY!

Don’t struggle with an older PC! We can help you with cost-effective upgrade options that will fit your system and budget perfectly. Call us on 01543 889 444

Wi-Fi dead spots are a thing of the past

Let’s face it, we all rely on Wi-Fi. It provides our wireless high-speed network connection to the rest of the world. As we rely on it more and more, we often find there are area’s in our home or office where the Wi-Fi simply isn’t reliable.

This is where Mesh Wi-Fi comes into play. Traditional Wi-Fi relies on a single router or access point located in a central location to provide the best coverage. If you were having issues, you might invest in a booster, but these were often slow or unreliable. But now, with a mesh network, you can provide reliable and fast Wi-Fi to those hard to reach places.

 

Wifi issues

 

How Mesh Wi-Fi works

Instead of having a single router or access point, a mesh Wi-Fi network relies upon several smaller, connected devices placed around your office or home, known as satellites. These satellites capture and rebroadcast the signals giving you better connectivity. Benefits include:

 

  • Better speeds and reliability
  • Better coverage, allows you to provide Wi-Fi in those hard to reach places
  • Easy to use. A typical Wi-Fi mesh system is automated and often comes with a mobile app for easy management

 

Setup

As with traditional Wi-Fi, you will have to do an initial setup to secure the Wi-Fi mesh. This may include:

 

  • Changing the default login credentials
  • Setting up the satellites to automatically check and install security patches and firmware
  • Changing the default network name and password to something unique

 

Are there any negatives?

Well yes, one. The Cost. Multiple devices mean more expense. But consider this: How often do you suffer from connectivity issues? Are there any dead zones where traditional Wi-Fi simply does not reach?

Suffering from connectivity issues? Give us a call on 01543 889 444 and we can help you decide on the best solution for you.

 


Why do some computers feel so slow?

So your old computer is starting to show it’s age. It takes ages for it to boot up, it’s randomly crashing, and you hate using it. Enough is enough, so you start to think about investing in a new one. But before you do, you might want to think about upgrading your existing machine. Here’s three common reasons why computers aren’t as fast as they should be.

 

Mechanical hard drive

Mechanical hard drives are the most common reason why a PC or laptop slows down. Mechanical hard drives are like a record player, a series of spinning disks arranged in a delicate stack known as a platter. Each disk reads and saves data using a tiny head moving across the disk’s surface. Swapping out a mechanical hard drive for an SSD will give you a serious boost in performance.

 

Not enough RAM

In some cases, the computer does not have enough RAM (Random Access Memory) and is your computers main memory. It allows your computer to do more at once. When you turn on your computer, the operating system, programs and data are stored here to allow for quicker processing. But when the RAM gets full, the processor needs to go to the hard drive, which can slow down your computer.

We recommend at least 8GB of RAM to run Windows and all your programs, and upgrading your memory can be quick and affordable.

 

Bloatware

When you buy a new laptop or PC, most of them come with a lot of pre-loaded software. A lot of this software you will simply not use and can be uninstalled. Also, when you install a new piece of software or hardware, such as a printer, manufacturers will include additional software that can slow down your computer. Again, most of these are simply not needed.

Computerworld recently reported computers without the additional bloatware installed, boot up 104% faster, shutdown 35% faster and on laptops have around 28 minutes of additional battery life.

Don’t let a lagging laptop or PC disrupt your productivity. We can help. Give us a call on 01543 889 444


Why Do Computers Slow Down Over Time?

Remember the awe you felt when you turned on your new computer and it loaded in a flash? Your computer was the envy of your friends and you weren’t afraid to bathe in that glory. Button on, ready to go, those were the days!

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After a year or two though, it doesn’t seem to be quite as zippy…no, you’re not imagining it. It really has slowed down, not just in comparison to newer models and your expectations…There’s a measurable drop in speed and power that has nothing to do with worn out parts. The good news is a little maintenance can have that baby cruising at top speed again. Let’s take a leisurely walk through the system and spot the culprits:

Start-up applications: It’s super convenient to have Skype start automatically and your anti-virus too. In fact, many of the applications starting themselves with the computer are essential to your experience. But some of them are getting a little too ‘helpful’.

For example, iTunes helper loads in the background to speed things up when you connect your device – but if you can’t even remember the last time you ran iTunes on your computer, then it can go. Programs like that are holding onto a portion of your processing power and adding to your speed issues. The average home computer automatically loads around 75 programs at start-up!

Temporary junk: Computers are kind of messy. They leave temporary files and snippets of information all over your hard drive, each action leaving a trail rather like a roaming toddler with a sticky sandwich. Every webpage, every image on that webpage, every program you run and every game you play leaves something behind.

It may be the tidbits of information called “cookies”, saved game files, auto-restore files or even a log so that you can hit the undo button 100 times while it remembers your actions for you.

The more junk your computer builds up, the slower it gets.

Viruses and malware: These infections sit in the background consuming resources while doing various nightmarish things. They may be spying on your actions, stealing your information or reaching out through your network to infect others. Occasionally, the impact is limited to seeing your computer slow to a crawl, however the flow-on financial costs of an infection can easily reach into the thousands.

Bloating: With every new version of software comes a new set of features, introductory sequences and design improvements. The problem with this is the application becomes larger and larger with each new version, requiring more system resources to install and run – and slowing your computer down.

Just like a car, computers need regular maintenance – we offer a Tune-Up service to bring your computer back to its original speed and extend its life.

Give us a call at 01543 889 444 to book in a Tune Up.