A number of myths exist in regard to improving a PC’s performance. Many of them are remnants of the early days of computing. For instance, the myth of the recycle bin continues to proliferate. It states that emptying the recycle bin on a regular basis will boost PC performance. It’s not true, especially with today’s computers, but an empty recycle or trash bin always is prettier than an overflowing one.
If the recycle bin advice is a myth, what are some truths about improving PC performance? One truth relates to malware. A malware-laden computer is a slow computer. A malware-free computer, in contrast, is a lean, mean, computing machine. The lesson to be learned from that truth is to keep anti-spam and malware definitions up-to-date. What are some other truths? Let’s look at five of them.
- Video cards. Video cards usually belong to the realm of gaming geeks. Those geeks are telling the truth, though, when they state that an upgraded video card or adding an additional video card boosts performance. Although video cards may be more of an issue when playing World of Warcraft or Diablo, they can be instrumental to the working professional’s computer, too.
- Drivers. Drivers require maintenance and upgrades. When they aren’t upgraded, your computer begins to suffer. Some applications, such as Skype, may refuse to work. If applications suddenly start sending you error messages or refuse to work, an outdated driver may be to blame.
- Bloatware. Every application you add to your computer ostensibly will help you to do your work faster and better. The problem is that each new application affects your computer’s performance and, in a more or less direct manner, your own. Do you really need all those toolbars? Maybe it’s time to remove some of them. Are you using all the services that run when you start up your computer? It could be time to purge your computer of services you aren’t using.
- Browsers. Browsers don’t necessarily have anything to do with your computer’s performance, but they have something to do with your own. Have you ever found yourself frustrated by a slow download? Did that frustration translate into an inability to concentrate for a few minutes? If you want to improve your work performance, you may need to improve your browser. Internet Explorer is one of the slower ones. Faster ones include Firefox and Chrome.
- Networks. Nothing slows your computer or you like a struggling network. If you’re having networking issues, you may need to check and possibly replace the cabling, phone lines, and routers and scan all the PCs in the network for malware. If you can’t identify any issues via your own inspection, you will need to call your internet service provider.
How do you improve your PC’s performance? Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.