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"Why is my computer slow?"

The short answer. I don’t know. There is a multitude of things that could be hindering your computer performance. Something to remember is that if you paid $200 for your computer five years ago most likely you need to get a whole new computer. You could spend money and clean it up and get it running to its full potential. But even at its full potential it’s not going to perform very well. A lower performing computer five years ago will only have gotten worse with time. As more sophisticated programs come out. Older computers will struggle with these new programs. If you have a newer computer not performing well. This could be due to background processes running. I have thrown together a quick step by step processes for checking your computer performance.

1. Hit ctrl+alt+delete all at the same time. Once the menu comes up click on task manager. Once inside click on performance for windows 10 or resource monitor if on windows 7. There will be three main things you need to be looking at. CPU, which is the central processing unit. Memory, which is the ram of your computer. Disk, which is the hard drive.

2. With no other programs loaded watch these three things. You should notice your cpu % will jump around this is normal. What is not normal is if your cpu is staying high during idle. Your disk (hard drive) will also jump higher which is normal. Once again if it stays high with out dropping that is not normal. If your cpu and or disk (hard drive) are staying high you have background processes running.

3. If after watching the performance monitor everything is staying low or at least dropping down after spiking in the case of the disk monitor. Run whatever program that is slow to run and watch your performance monitor to see what it impacts the most. Most likely it will be the disk (hard drive) and maybe the cpu. It could be memory (Ram) if it is a visually intensive program like a video game.

This will give you a quick idea of how your computer is performing during idle and running whatever program you choose to test. This is a quick broad overview. There is much more detail that could be given in this subject as my original post was pages long. I shortened it to try and make it more novice friendly. If you cpu and or disk (hard drive) are running high on idle. I would suggest looking at the processes tab while in the task manager to look and see what is running. If you see old programs you no longer use you could stop them and then uninstall them. I would highly suggest not stopping or messing with any of these processes if you don’t know what you’re doing. Some of these processes will be critical windows processes. There could also be malicious software such as viruses or malware. Uninstalling these programs draining cpu and disk power in the back ground will free up cpu and disk power. Allowing it to focus more power on the specific task you want it to load at that time. If you want our help just call Tech Nerds at 641-426-2865.

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