What’s the most frustrating thing in an office? Someone not refilling the coffee pot when it’s empty? Paper jams? Cold calls? Well, how about an overly sluggish computer? Time takes its toll on all things but if you’re looking to keep your computer running for as long as possible this blog is for you.

Here’s our list of tips to help keep your business’s computers running as fast and efficiently as possible.

1) Delete temporary files

This is the one everyone forgets. Temporary files amass on your computer through everyday tasks and can remain on your hard disk, slowing the computer down. By deleting temporary files, including your internet history and cookies, you’ll free up your hard drive.

To do this, open “My Computer”, and select your local drive (usually C:\). Select the “Windows” folder and then open the folder titled “Temp”.

Use your mouse to right-click on the folder, and in the “View” options, choose “Details”. Once this is done, select all the files that are older than the current date and press the delete key. Then go to the Recycle Bin on your desktop and empty it.

2) Uninstall unused programs

You can file this one under the category of ‘Captain Obvious’. Although it’s common knowledge,  we all have a handful of programs that just sit on our desktop. There’s a good chance that some of these programs even run background processes when you load your computer.

3) Stop unnecessary start-ups

Programs that run on start up primarily affect how long it takes for your laptop or PC to startup. However, on top of this, many of the programs which are launched on startup continue to run and use up your computer’s memory.

You can change the programs that run on startup, click Start and then in the search box type ‘MSConfig’ and Press Enter. From within the System Configuration tool, click the Startup tab and then uncheck the program boxes that you would like to prevent from starting when Windows starts.

4) Disk defrag

Defragging is basically a way of reconfiguring how your hard drive stores information for maximum efficiency. Go to “My Computer”, right-click on the hard drive and select “Properties”. Under the “Tools” tab there should be an option to “Defragment Now”.

5) Disk clean-up

Windows also includes a built-in disk decluttering tool called “Disk Cleanup”. It searches through the system for unnecessary large files such as temporary Internet files, program installers, and so on. Open Disk Cleanup by clicking “Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup”.

Whilst all IT hardware has a lifespan, keeping on top of these five things will keep your computer running as smoothly and efficiently for as long as possible.

However, when your tech has reached the end of its life, call 0161 777 1000 to organise having your computers disposed of properly and cost effectively.

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