3 Assumptions Often Made About Slow Computers And Why They Don’t Hold Water
It’s 8:15 AM and you’re settled in your office chair just waiting for your computer to wake up and smell the coffee. Why does it run so slow in the morning? Could it be its age? Is it out of space? Or worse, maybe you have an infection? These are the most common assumptions people make about slow computers. Take a look at the real reason why things are sluggish.
Myth 1: My hardware is old so it’s just wearing out.
The whole idea that a computer’s performance suffers because the hardware is just “wearing out” seems like a logical assumption, right? It definitely happens to other types of machines like lawn mowers or that pesky pump in your swimming pool. However, with computers and servers the operating system and software are the key components that weaken over time. Many issues that cause your machines to slow down are caused from everyday activities like installing programs, drivers and updates.
Truth: It’s just like brushing your teeth. If you skip brushing for a week, you will feel a gruff film over your teeth made up of little pieces of things you’ve consumed. We definitely don’t recommend this test, but you see the big picture. Your computers may retain residual clutter from your daily activities. The truth is, most hardware will run wonderfully, as well as the day it was purchased, if it is properly maintained.
Myth 2: You need as much hard drive space and RAM as possible.
Most people think the more space and memory you give your computer the better. You need to have enough RAM and hard drive space to make sure the computer can keep up with all the things you do each day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way.
Truth: The truth is any extra space and RAM you have, over what you actually use, is just sitting inside your computer going to waste. Remember, RAM helps the computer multitask so you can run multiple programs simultaneously and hard drive space is just for storage. Increasing your RAM or hard drive may not speed things up at all. If you are able to run the programs you need without anything stalling or closing on its own you probably have enough RAM. If you use a file server or cloud environment to store your data, you’re probably fine on hard drive space too. Upgrades can be costly. Make sure you know what the problem is before you sink a bundle of cash into a solution that won’t help.
Myth 3: When a computer slows down it’s because of an infection.
Does your computer take its time in the morning? So much time that you want to throw a Red Bull in the computer case to give it a jolt? What about your Internet browser? Does it take its time starting-up? Do you find yourself waiting patiently humming the Jeopardy song in your head while your computer joins your workday? It’s got to be infected somehow to go so slow, right?
Truth: Sure, it’s possible that your computer is infected or even your whole network, however it’s more likely that your computer is just bogged down. Perhaps you have too many programs running when you start-up your computer or maybe a boat load of unnecessary add-ons kick-off when you open your Internet browser. Don’t worry, these are easy inexpensive fixes.
Invest in the overall health of your equipment to keep things running smoothly.
Your computer and network need ongoing attention just like your teeth. Just like brushing daily, look for an IT provider to proactively maintenance, monitor, and offer live support to keep your equipment in tip-top shape.
There are a lot of maintenance myths out there.
Worried about the slowness of your computer or network? Give us a call. We will perform a full Network Audit to ensure your business is running at peak performance.
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