WIndows 10 Upgrade
WIndows 7 has now been deprecated. This means it no longer gets security or stability upgrades and other software and hardware vendors will stop releasing drivers for it, so for example, a printer or mouse might not work. Most computers than run Windows 7 or 8.1 will happilly run Windows 10. An upgrade will cost typically £80-£160, or less than 1/3 of the cost of a cheap new one, and this means keeping your data, photos, music, or documents.
For an older desktop PC, you dont need a new case, mouse, DVD player or keyboard, Usually you don’t need a new power supply. There is no need to spend £400 on a new PC, we can upgrade the motherboard, processor and RAM for less than £200.
Other ways of upgrading a slow computer
There are many causes of computers being slow, and as many fixes. These days, most computers are supplied with at least 4GB of RAM. This is enough for most home users. If you are using hungry office applications like Sage Accounts, CAD, or an office database, you might benefit from more memory (RAM.) This is cheap (£20-£40 and easy, and doesn’t cause any loss of data. The only thing you are likely to notice is a speed improvement.
Solid State Drives (SSDs)
On average, SSDs run about 3 times faster than a traditional magnetic hard drive. You can test your drive speed by running a software app called Crystal Disk Mark. A healthy magnetic drive will give speeds of about 100-140MB/s for the top two results. An SSD will give speeds of 250-500Mb/s. A newer type of SSD, called M2 SSD or NVMe SSD gives speeds of 1500-5000 Mb/s.
Over time, computers build up a lot of junk, some are programmes that are never used, and many programmes leave remnants behind. Getting a cleanup will often give a good speed improvement. Every few years, it is adviseable to reinstall Windows. If you have had a PC for 5 or more years and never had a reinstall, consider booking one of these. This is easy with Windows 10 as you can do a reset, or preferably a clean reset.
Other causes of slowness are a bad hard drive or other hardware failure, missing drivers, conflicting programmes, viruses or anti-virus programmes that hog system resources.
For advice on upgrading a slow computer or improving performance, give me (Adam) a call on 01646 429233