Desktop computer upgrades

If you are running a desktop computer for a few years and have noticed that it’s running a bit slow these days, chances are it’s low on memory or hard disk space.

As a computer ages, it constantly receives updates for the operating system and various programs installed. Microsoft sends out updates on such a regular basis that the operating system can actually double in size over its lifetime. These updates usually consist of security fixes, system updates and service packs. They are an important requirement as they help to prevent malware, virus and spyware attacks as well as improve the reliability and user experience when using the computer.

In addition, each element of the computer, for example the sound card, video driver, network card etc. requires what is called a software driver. The manufacturers are constantly improving their software divers and theses need updating quite regularly too. So in essence, your computer is constantly being maintained in the background by the various manufacturers of each component.

To add to this, you may use Internet Explorer, and maybe you have a couple of toolbars downloaded and installed, one of these could be the Google toolbar. The majority of these add-ons periodically want to update themselves and the method of doing this is to have what is called a TSR, terminate and stay ready, program running in the background listening for when an update is released. Adobe Reader is a typical example, if you ever have more than a day without a red icon somewhere near your computers time clock with a pop up advising you that Adobe update is ready to install the following update, then that is a rare occasion.

Over time, these updates not only consume disk space, but they consume physical memory (RAM). Your computer might only have 1 or 2MB memory to work with, and this begins to fill up with background processes, leaving you less and less to work with. Eventually the computer has to start using physical storage, hard disks, as a pseudo memory, so you may start to notice your hard disk light blinking constantly, which is an indication of data being exchange to and from memory.

It may be time to think about a desktop upgrade. Or very least, have it checked over so you can see what your options are. This is a process not requiring you to unplug your computer and bring it to us or anywhere else, nor do we have to visit you to inspect your computer. We have the tools to be able to do this remotely for you in a matter of minutes.

Call us on 01858 455426 and speak to one of our consultants about your desktop computer and what the options and costs are to upgrade.

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