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If your computer seems to be going slow, whatever you do don't hit the screen... you are not the only one experiencing this! As technology rapidly advances older devices are being asked to update. However, the device may not be able to handle it. The most common reason that computers get slow is because they are attempting to complete too many operations at the same time, or in simpler terms, you are running too many programs at the same time. In some cases updating the computer can fix processing lag, however if you are jumping to a major update such as operating system update (Windows 7 to Windows 10) and your computer's hardware meets just minimum requirements, then you should expect to see the same type of lag, if not more.
As operating systems become feature rich with slick looking user interfaces, all that code is going to take up extra space on the computers storage and in it's operating memory or RAM. There are many other hardware to software factors that make a difference in an update speeding up or slowing down a computer, in addition to the type and size of update. It is very common knowledge that it is a best practice to keep your devices up to date with current drivers and other software programs. This practice will generally help protect your information from being compromised, and we all need to keep the security of our data in mind.
Three things you can do to get your computer running faster without having to update software or hardware:
1. Defragment your computers' hard drive or storage drive. This process can be lengthy and time consuming, but it is a sure way to make sure that your Hard Drive or Solid State Drive is in good condition and reading and writing data properly. *If you have a solid state drive you should not be experiencing too much lag unless your RAM is extremely minimal. Here is a tutorial on how to do this on Windows and Mac.
2. Clear your cache. This is what your computers uses temporarily to run operations and functions. Clearing your cache can give some additional speed of operations. Be ware though that things like browsing history, and in some instances saved passwords, can be deleted if you don't go through and deselect those options. Check this video out for Mac or PC and follow along if you need to.
3. Clear or reset your physical RAM's memory. There are many ways to do this with the different types of operating systems that are out there and available to the public. The primary systems would be Windows, Mac, or Linux, and their processes for resetting the physical RAM can differ. It is best to make sure to watch a tutorial on how to do this step as well.
Here are a couple more videos with some accurate information that are short and easy to follow along with and will help you with learning how to keep your computer operating at it's optimum performance.
Overview of why a computer is slow and how to possibly speed it up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFuXviwAvnE
Short video with amazing information to help you keep your computer secure and running smooth, suggest to follow along as the instructions are very accurate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgxd_86yipQ