Computer Upgrade Services – Minneapolis St. Paul, MN
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If you’re constantly disappointed with the speed of your computer, you may be tempted to just toss it and buy a new one. If it’s just a few years old, that may not be your best choice, though. There are a number of ways you can upgrade that old PC to maximize its speed and get rid of those annoying slowdowns. As the Twin Cities metro area’s leading computer service company, we know that Windows PCs that are less than five years old often have problems that keep them from running their best. We can step in and bring that slow-running machine back to life for you at affordable pricing, but here are some steps you can take on your own:
Speed Up Computer Operation by Removing Software You Don’t Use
Most PCs that have been in operation for a few years are loaded with software that users no longer need or use. It’s so easy to download and install software today from the Internet that most small business users download free or low-cost software just to try it out. In other cases, they find new software they like better than their previous program. Those old programs use up tons of hard drive space and may be hogging RAM memory. Go to the Windows Control Panel and click Add or Remove Programs and remove software you no longer use. Use caution here, and don’t remove any programs you don’t recognize. They may be necessary for normal operation.
Update Your Internet Connection Service to Speed up Online Performance
Whether you’re using a DSL or cable provider for your internet service, you’ll find that they have updated their speed in the past couple of years. If your access to websites, downloads and other internet features seems sluggish, contact your internet service provider and ask about updating your service to a faster option. You may have to pay a little more, but think about how much your time is worth. You may even be able to save on faster access by bundling other services, too.
Add More RAM Memory to Accelerate Performance
If your current PC is a few years old, it probably came with an operating system, like Windows XP, that didn’t make large demands on memory. Since Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, you should have already updated Windows to a newer version. If so, you should know that that new version requires more memory to operate well. If you only have 1 or 2 GB of RAM, you’re just not going to get top performance. Upgrade to at least 4 GB and you’ll see an immediate speed-up. If you’re not comfortable adding the memory yourself, one of our technicians can do the job very affordably.
Increase Hard Drive Storage Space for Better Speed
If you have an older Windows PC, it may have a hard drive with just a few gigabytes of storage space. Today, we use hard drive space to store hundreds of large image files, movies, music and more. You might be surprised at how full your hard drive is, and that can slow down performance dramatically. You can delete unneeded files and folders, or install an additional hard drive, either internally or as a USB external unit. By increasing your storage space with a new, much faster hard drive, you’ll increase speed and avoid slow-downs. Hard drives are far less expensive today than just a couple of years ago, so adding even a terabyte of data storage is very affordable. As with memory upgrades, our experienced technicians can do this job for you at very reasonable cost.
Scan for and Remove Viruses, Malware, and Adware
If your computer suddenly starts running much more slowly, requires frequent restarts, or you’re seeing many more ads popping up in your internet browser, you may have an infected computer. Run your virus scanning software and let it check for and remove any viruses that may have become established. Malware scanning software, like Malwarebytes, can find and remove annoying programs that slow down your browsing or constantly display advertising. Our technicians can also do these jobs for you, very affordably. Very frequently, we discover customers’ computers that are just loaded with malicious software. When it’s gone, top performance returns.
Before Replacing Your Old PC, Evaluate Total Cost
You can call our trusted technical service company at any time to schedule an evaluation of your computer systems. Our expert, professional technician can check your memory capacity, hard drive space, and other factors that might be slowing down your productivity. After assessing your situation, we can advise you whether optimizing and upgrading your current hardware may be a better choice than purchasing a new PC. When you consider the cost of moving your data from an old PC to a new one, along with other factors, the choice to update an existing Windows PC is often the best idea.
Complete Home and Business Computer Technical Services – Twin Cities, MN
For most home businesses and small businesses, learning the technical side of computers isn’t a high priority. As systems have become more and more complex, the time needed to become your own computer expert just isn’t available. That’s where our outstanding IT support is most valuable. One call to us can lead to highly improved productivity through speeding up your existing equipment’s speed at very cost-effective pricing. Our experienced technicians can quickly evaluate your situation and implement an ideal solution that returns your PC to its optimal performance. Our prices for these services and our efficiency help keep your costs low. The value of improved operation and trouble-free computing is obvious. Call us today to boost performance.