Waste your time with lame computers instead of working productively? 6 simple tricks from the experts on how to speed up your PC today without much IT knowledge.
The start screen only opens at a snail’s pace, programs don’t run properly or websites take an incredibly long time to load when surfing the web: If this sounds familiar, you know the frustration when lame technology keeps you from concentrated, fast work. Frank Termer, head of software at the Bitkom digital association, explains what you can do to speed up your PC – without having to call an IT specialist.
Handle 1: Clean up desktop, download folder and recycle bin
You download a document, automatically put it in the download folder or on the desktop, and after you no longer need it, you forget to delete it: Sounds familiar? Many people like to use the desktop as a quick place to store things, says Termer. However, it should not degenerate into a document graveyard, nor should the download folder, because that slows down computer performance: "One technical reason why a computer works slowly is that the memory reaches its limits," explains Termer. "If, for example, only ten percent free memory is available, then this should be an alarm signal." But: "I would think that a computer in normal use rather rarely goes to its performance peaks." It looks different if you work for example with video editing software that needs a lot of memory.