How to make your computer work better and last longer

Tips Sep 19, 2019

It's inevitable, with time, your new computer becomes slower and slower and no longer responds with the same agility as before. It's not a problem related to your computer becoming old with time, as if it were an organic being, its components are still there working like the first day. So what is it that makes your computer not work better? Can I get my laptop to last longer before I think about replacing it? Let's see what's possible.

First of all, let's say that the ones directly responsible for your computer is slower than before are the operating system and the software and applications you have installed. Each new version of your Operating System brings exciting improvements but also implies that it need more resources than old OS. The same goes for programs and applications that you install fresh, the more recent they are, the more power they need. What can you do then?

Expand RAM

The first point that usually brings a significant improvement impact on a computer is the RAM expansion. The more internal memory, the more fluidity of work you find in your laptop. Keep in mind that every time you run an application (a game, word processor, Internet browser), it is loaded into RAM. When the RAM fills up completely, then the problem starts because your computer has to use more extra memory to work from the hard disk, much slower than the RAM.

If you expand the RAM of your computer from 4GB to 8GB or from 8GB to 16GB, you see that the system suddenly becomes more agile. As an extra, this is a relatively cheap upgrade.

Before expanding RAM, you must consider what type of computer you have, whether it has the capacity to support expansion (each machine has a RAM limit it can manage), and whether you have enough space inside and free slots to install new memory modules. Depending on the case, it would be enough to get new modules that are installed directly inside the computer. In other cases0, you would have to replace the older memory modules with newer ones of more capacity, which ends up wasting memory you already have.

To get out of doubt, if you're not sure, you can always go to a specialty store for guidance.

Add a new monitor

Another point that is often overlooked but interesting is the installation of a new monitor. A new screen is not going to make your computer go faster or have more power, but you are going to take advantage of new display technologies. You notice the difference the older your current monitor is. The benefits: a higher screen resolution and a larger surface, better viewing quality thanks to new technologies based on LEDs.

Getting a new monitor does not imply that you have to get rid of the previous one, you usually be able to install the two monitors and get two different screens or join them and get a larger macro-monitor.

Most current computers and operating systems support the use of multiple monitors. Think here of video games or having more surface to work.

The expense here can vary from around 50 euros to 100 or 150 euros, depending on the age of the computer and the amount of memory. Interestingly, you find that RAM memories for older machines are more expensive than... in many cases because they are almost no longer manufactured and are more difficult to find.

Use SSD Disk


Traditional hard disks are basically used to install all the files and applications that you want to use in your computer, but the news is that for a few years now they are becoming somewhat outdated.

The replacement comes from the hand of the SSD. These units work radically different. They are not spinning disks, or any moving parts or mechanisms, just electronic circuits, and this is a direct improvement: SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives.

The first thing you notice when you replace your hard drive with an SSD is that the programs run much faster. Basically, you only have to double click on an icon to open the corresponding window jumping in a tenth of a second on the screen. You also notice when you are going to close an application when you are going to turn off or turn on the computer.

In short, one of the most recommended changes to get your computer to renew and return to speed levels you noticed years ago.

An SSD unit can cost around 100 euros, and currently, you find offers around 120GB-240GB. As you can see, the capacity of an SSD is much smaller than you usually find in traditional hard drives, but in return, the speed jump you gain is so big that they are worth it.

Update the Operating System

Over time, the computer filled with files and 'garbage' that ends up slowing down its start, shutdown, and operation. This inevitably happens over time, as you install new software, uninstall programs, save files. It happens with everyday use, in practically all systems, and it is challenging to solve otherwise than by completely reinstalling the Operating System.

This is something that many already know and know how effective it is. Once the Operating System is reinstalled from scratch, everything is like the first day again, and you quickly begin to notice an improvement in speed as you have gotten rid of all that junk file ballast that has accumulated over time.

Tony

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