So, you’ve been enjoying your new computer the last few months, and as time has passed by it has been getting slower and slower. It’s finally to the point that it’s almost unusable, and is driving you nuts when you do use it for recreation or to do work. So what do you do? Pick it up, throw it away, and buy a new one? Nope. The correct answer is to call tech support or search the Internet and see if you can find out what is wrong with your computer and fix it. Sometimes you will need to buy a new computer, especially if your current one is like ten years old. But if you’ve only had it a few months to a few years, then most likely you just need to do some basic cleanup and updating of the software you have on your computer. Before you start to panic or rush out to buy a new computer, you should try the tips I have here for you to see if they will get your computer up and running like new again.
1. Update Software
I know some of you reading this might already know that it makes sense to upgrade your software such as virus and spyware protection software, but what a lot of people probably don’t realize is that updating all your other software programs will also help to improve the speed of your computer. Sure your software might do exactly what it’s supposed to perfectly, but the reality is that your software is full of glitches and bugs that can be fixed by downloading patches. By downloading these patches it won’t only improve the efficiency of your computer and software, but it will also improve its security. Updating your software is different for each program.
Sometimes you have to do it manually from inside the program itself, and other times it’s automatic. For programs like virus and spyware protection software, you should set it to automatically update. If you have other programs that auto-update themselves set them to do so also. This will keep you from having to worry about updating your software yourself. For the rest of your software that doesn’t automatically update itself, checking for updates at least once a month for them should be sufficient. It may seem bothersome to update your software especially if you have to do it manually, but you will be glad you did in the end and your computer will thank you for it.
2. Update Your Operating System
Along with updating your software you also need to update your operating system regularly. Your operating system is just another software program and like those other programs, it is also full of bugs and glitches that need to be fixed with updates. Windows has the option of letting you set it to update itself automatically or to update it manually when you feel like it. To adjust this option in Windows XP, go to Start>Control Panel, and click on Automatic Updates in the Control Panel window. In Window Vista go to Start>Control Panel, and click on Windows Updates. In the Windows, Updates window clicks on Change Settings in the left pane. Regardless of which version of Windows you are using you will have the same options to choose from which are:
1. Automatically Download and Install Updates
2. Automatically Download updates, but let me choose when to install them.
3. Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them.
4. Turn off Automatic Updates.
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