Upgrades

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Whether you’re running a small business or need a computer for your home, we can help you get the most from your technology.

Slow computer

Slow computer tune-ups

A common misconception is that regular purchases are required in order to have a functional computer but with some tweaks, an old computer can usually be made to run as near-new.

What makes my computer slow?

– using older Hard Drive (HDD) technology instead of the newer Solid State Drive (SSD)
– file fragmentation on your Hard Drive
– unnecessary services running on your computer
– too many web browser extensions (add-ins)
– malware
– insufficient memory installed (RAM)

Slow computer

Upgrades

Should I upgrade or replace my computer?

It depends. Eventually you will need to replace your computer because, as software becomes bigger & bigger over time, your computer/laptop won’t be able to run modern programs.

For now, you can probably still use your existing computer/laptop. With a tune-up, you can get more years out of it.

Advantages of upgrading:
  • Security
    Some people like to market to their customers that updating your software will keep you safe from viruses, hackers, spyware, ransomware, and other forms of malware. This is completely false. Software will always have bugs, and hackers will always be able to exploit them. However, upgrading your software does increase your security because software makers do patch up their software over time.
  • Speed
    A slow computer/laptop can drive you crazy and it can reduce productivity greatly. Getting an computer upgrade or a tune-up, can increase productivity in the workplace, or your home, and is an effective method of improving business productivity, in general.

Which upgrades are worthwhile?

Some upgrades will give you immediate benefit, and others won’t be so immediate. Use the list below to find out what sorts of upgrades can remedy your problems:

Upgrades for SPEED:
  • Solid State Drive (SSD)
    One of the most effective ways to make your computer faster is to install a Solid State Drive (SSD). They are many times faster than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD), and installing one in your computer/laptop will result in a hugely faster computer, overall.
  • Adding more memory (RAM)
    As time goes on, the programs that we use every day get bigger and bigger, and consume more memory when they are open. Your computer needs more memory to keep up with using them – especially if you have multiple programs open at once.
  • Disable Windows Visual Effects
    By default, Windows is designed to look visually pleasing, but it does this at the cost of using up precious system resources. If your computer has a powerful graphics card, then this won’t be a problem for you. However, if your computer is older and/or already slow, then it will impact your computer greatly.
Upgrades for FUTURE-PROOFING:
  • Upgrading your Operating System
    Microsoft release a new version of Windows every 3 to 4 years (see link). You should never get every new version which is released. You also should not use a version of Windows which was released more than 10 years ago.
  • Upgrading your software
    It’s important to keep your Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) up-to-date. This is especially important if you share documents with other businesses, so that you don’t encounter problems with incompatibility.
Upgrades for INTERNET:
  • Replace your WiFi router
Old technology upgrade

Outdated, obscure technology

The speed at which technology develops is quite fast, and businesses often get left behind.

Businesses often depend on old technology which:

– nobody wants to support any more
– is so old that nobody can fix
– has stopped working due to a recent technology update

I can’t afford to upgrade. Can I still get support?

Yes. There are legitimate (technological) reasons for upgrading certain things but, even if you have very old technology which you can’t afford to replace, there are mostly always methods of making it work with whatever you have.

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