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A Day In The Life Of A PC: Preventing Slow Computer Speeds

In the modern-day world of rapid, advanced technology, there are few things more frustrating than a slow PC. Thankfully, there are ways to help stop your computer from running at tortoise speed. A slow computer is one of those things that can often be prevented (and fixed) by treating it the same way as you would treat yourself.

A typical day for the working person consists of waking-up, washing and cleaning, going to work, and then resting. This routine can also pay dividends when it comes to taking care of your computer. Think about what happens during your day, apply the same logic to your PC, and you might just find that slow speeds are never a problem.


Many would argue that waking up is the toughest part of their day. This process is often made easier by an alarm clock, the whiff of coffee wafting up from downstairs, and a clear, unconcerned mind-set. Similarly your computer can find it tough to "wake up" if not taken care of properly, and the result is a tired, slow machine that will subsequently function at low speeds.

Make sure your computer wakes up the right way by reducing the amount of start-up programs that automatically load themselves as soon as you hit the power button.

Remove some of these start-up programs and allow your computer to wake up with a clear head. Be careful though, as unchecking the wrong kind of program can result in big issues for your computer next time you start up. Always research a program to see what it does before removing it.

Wash & Clean

In the same way that a human being wouldn't be able to function as well whilst sitting in dirty clothes or without showering, a PC isn't able to perform to the best of its ability when it's filthy either. Make sure your computer hard drive stays clean by frequently updating your anti-virus software, staying safe online by avoiding vicious sites, and clearing your internet cache on a regular basis.

Another way to keep your computer clean and happy is by conducting a disk clean-up every week. Your PC will naturally keep hold of files that may not be of any use to you whatsoever, and by performing a disk clean-up you'll be able to get rid of them once and for all to allow your computer to run quickly.

A box will pop up showing you what files you have the option to get rid of, and even allows you take a look at these files so you can double-check that you definitely want them gone.


Regardless of industry, any man or woman needs to be driven, organised and focused to succeed at work. As it turns out, your computer is extremely similar. In order to keep your PC focused on the task in hand, it's vital to conduct a disk defragmentation as often as possible. Don't worry, this isn't half as complex as it sounds.

In the same way that employees might place files in different locations around the office over a long period of time, your computer does the same kind of thing. The disk defragmenter program reunites files that have fragmented over time, thus allowing your computer to run efficiently, effectively and quickly without having to "look around the office" for the files it needs.

If you're not sure about it, simply click a disk and hit the "Analyse Disk" option. This will tell you whether the disk requires a defragmentation or not. You can also get your PC to automatically clean itself by scheduling a regular disk defrag by clicking "Configure Schedule".

To be productive and work to the best of their ability, every human being also needs to find the balance between working hard and not overrunning themselves into the ground and burning themselves out. Sometimes computers can run slowly because there's simply too much going on at once. Hit CTRL, ALT and DELETE to bring up your "Task Manager", and promptly end any unnecessary processes that your PC is wasting time and energy on to allow it to run more efficiently.


Just like human beings, PC's need a good amount of rest in order to be able to function. Occasionally restarting your computer allows for updates to be installed and reconfigurations to be made, but in the same way that too much sleep can make humans overtired, a PC shouldn't' be repeatedly shut down and switched back on again.

Many computers have a "Sleep" option which allows them to idle without shutting down completely, and it's always best to let your PC "have a nap" if you're going to be away from it for a substantial amount of time, rather than shutting it down or turning it off at the mains. 

For more tips and suggestions, contact companies like Phoenix IT.