Is your computer running slow? Is it taking longer than it used to take to do the routine tasks you like to perform? Are you wondering if it’s time to retire your PC and buy a new one? These are the questions that plague users young and old. Perhaps we can be of assistance here.
First off, your computer may not need to be replaced. There are many things that can slow you down. Here are some things to consider:
SOFTWARE – Have you purchased or updated your software with new versions that require greater system resources? It is important whenever considering software purchases to look at the system requirements that are usually printed on the side of the box or listed in the product information if you are purchasing online. These requirements may list such things as how much available hard drive space you need or how much RAM memory you should have to run the software. Oftentimes there will be a minimum number, and a recommended number. You should always go with the recommended numbers as the minimum may be setting you up for disappointing performance.
If your computer is fairly recent, there are upgrades we can install to make it last a few years longer. We can boost your RAM memory or upgrade you to a larger hard drive and you may see immediate results.
INFECTIONS – Is your computer infected? We see many cases every month of computers that are infected with various malicious attacks. Sometimes the effects of malware do not present themselves in visible ways (pop-up windows, etc.) but they go about their business of worming their way through the background processes of your computer, leading to poor performance. While a good anti-virus software package is a good idea, you must be proactive in getting the latest virus definitions and be persistent about scanning on a regular basis.
If you think you may be infected, we are able to help. We have resources available to dig out those deeply embedded malicious programs and restore your PC to a cleaner state of being.
HARDWARE – The hardware components of your computer can wear out. Sometimes you may need to replace a hard drive; not because it is filling up with data, but because it is starting to fail. Your drive may still be working, but it may be causing errors due to bad clusters. Whether your hard drive is performing 100% or showing signs of failure, it is always a good idea to have a regular practice of backing up your data. We also see RAM memory fail occasionally, as well as power supplies, fans, and CPU’s.
Oftentimes, we are able to replace faulty components and get you back on track.
Having said all that, there does come a time when you would be better off to bite the bullet and replace your entire system with a new one. Along with getting you a clean slate of all new components, you will also get the latest version of the Windows operating system. Our service technicians are here and available to discuss your issues with you and help you determine your best course of action.
Computers are like anything else. They are great when they are working, but frustrating when they aren’t. But, like anything else, with occasional check-ups, you can experience years of happy computing.
As I close, I must share with you that this is my last blog article for “Tech Talk.” As many of you know, I am also a pastor. I will be departing to continue my ministry career as chaplain at a local agency. I have enjoyed my time with CS Technologies Plus and have really enjoyed the blog as writing is something I love to do.
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Computer Service Technician