Your PC has seen better days. When you get to the office you turn it on, knowing you have plenty of time, you head to the break room to chat with co-workers and get some coffee. However, you don't have to settle for second best or wait around for the office to purchase you a new PC. Here are some small upgrades that could help boost the performance of that older PC and make your PC faster.
Upgrade to an SSD
Hard drive memory is becoming less expensive as time goes on. Solid state drives (SSD) are becoming the standard for their speed and reliability. In the past, the solid state drives were a luxury item for most computers. Nowadays you can upgrade your PC to an SSD for a fraction of the cost of a new computer. A solid-state drive has no moving parts and allows for your computer to access data more rapidly than a legacy hard drive.
Remove startup programs
Certain programs are set to start by default when they are installed. This can be a good thing if you use that program a lot, but can sometimes unnecessarily slow your computer down. Using the Control + Alt+ Delete keys you are able to bring up your task manager. From here you are able to go to your startup tab. If you have an updated version of Windows you are able to sort the listings by Startup impact. Select the programs you know that you don't use every day and disable them on startup. If you are unsure it is highly recommended that you consultant with your IT provider before disabling any startup programs.
Another inexpensive hardware upgrade is to increase the amount of RAM that your system has. If you are like me you have multiple apps open along with 10 tabs for your internet browser. This can weigh down your computer's short-term memory causing it to slow down. By adding more RAM to your PC, you are enabling it to multi-task more efficiently. Be sure to ask your IT advisor about how much RAM you system can handle.
Bonus Tip: Upgrade Internet Service Providers
Many times when someone is experiencing a sluggish performing PC, it can be linked to their internet connection. By using a tool like speedtest.net you are able to a certain degree test what speeds you are receiving from your provider. This applies especially if you work in an environment that is using web or cloud applications. The best way to fix this is to discuss with your IT consultant the best available ISP options in your area.