Despite their expensive price tag, even the best of computers can become sluggish and unreliable over time. This is a major concern for many PC reliant businesses, leading to inefficiency and a lack of productivity. On top of this, businesses often end up forking out on repairs and replacement models.In reality, these are unnecessary expenditures.
Although it is recommended to change your computers every four to five years for the sake of data protection, there are a few simple changes you can make to your workplace environment and to your PC to extend your computer’s life span and make sure you get the best value for your money. Read on to discover how to make your PC last longer.Overheating
One of the most common, life-limiting hardware problems that many computers face is overheating. Overheating can occur when the computer is not properly ventilated, causing it to run slowly and crash.
To prevent overheating, make sure that the PC’s ventilation holes are not obstructed. This means allowing a clear space underneath and around the sides of the computer. Ensure that the PC is not resting on a soft flexible surface, such as a pillow or a bed, which can easily block its airways.
Overheating can also occur when a computer’s internal fans are clogged up with dust, which stops it from properly ventilating. Ensure that the workplace environment is cleaned regularly, so that large amounts of dust are not floating around electronic equipment. Compressed air can also be used to clean the fans, but be sure to power down your PC before attempting this.
For some laptop models, the keyboard can be removed to allow easy access to the fans, although this is not the case with all units so be sure to do your research before attempting any sort of personal repairs. Simple changes to the workplace environment such as those outlined above will reduce overheating, making your computer more efficient.
It’s just as important, if not more important, that you protect your computer internally if it is to live out its potential life span. Online threats can slow your PC down and on top of this they can be a threat to your online security.
Although frequently recommended, many either forget or simply don’t bother to install anti-virus software. There are countless free anti-virus programs available online, such as AVG and Avast, which offer reliable protection packages to protect your computer from dangerous viruses. Even those with anti-virus software are not completely protected. It’s also important to install anti-malware software such as MalwareBytes to provide a more comprehensive defence against online threats.
Keep Your PC Tidy
Excess programs take up your limited disk space, reducing memory and damaging your computer’s performance. Aside from making your desktop look tidier, cleaning your unwanted files will make your computer perform better for longer.
Keeping your PC tidy is easy. Use your PC’s disk clean-up function to clear your cache and get rid of hidden files. For an easy way to un-install unwanted programs and files, consider downloading C Cleaner, a free programme to quickly and easily cleanse your PC. Businesses can also hire PC support and repair services to make their devices last longer – PC repair in London is an ever growing option for businesses in the capital. Follow these simple steps to improve the efficiency, performance and life span of your business machines.
Alex Viall is the Director of Mustard IT, a London-based company that offers professional IT support to businesses across London and the Home Counties.