Friday, September 18, 2009

Computer Running Slow?

In this article we would like to address a common issue that's being reported by many computer users which is - "computer running slow".

First let's separate two major possible reasons for computer being slow:

First is when computer became really old and new software is way too "heavy" for an old CPU, RAM, Video Card, Hard Drive and the chip set.
Second is when computer is just a few months old and is already running slow.
When it's the first problem there is not much choice but to try to perform a series of hardware upgrades (read our hardware upgrades article). I'll just mention one most important upgrade of all and that would be RAM! The reason behind it without going into too many details is the way computer programs are being executed by your computer and the sequence of events that takes place. Basically RAM is the middleman and is acting like a type of buffer. If you've ever played a streaming video, you'll notice that with a fast Internet connection you'll be able to re buffer faster and play the video or audio much smoother. Increasing RAM is in a way similar to increasing Internet connection speed for streaming content.

Now lets focus on the second problem, and that's the primary purpose of this article.

It effects new users much sooner than experiences users since those who have been using computers for a while realize that if they keep on installing and uninstalling software, eventually that causes some weird problems which eventually will lead to a path of reformatting a system because it's unstable and extremely slow.

The reason behind it, especially when running Microsoft Windows Operating System is how Windows manages resources. When you start up your computer and the BIOS hands off the boot sequence to operating system which could be Windows XP or Vista or Mac OS and many others, each OS will mount the file system, hardware drives for all types of devices and then a bunch of start up programs.

Hardware devices and Start-up programs are the major reasons for a dramatic and noticeable slow down of the whole computer. OS could be probing for a device that's not functioning, it could have a start-up service enabled, it could also be a start-up task.

The delay for every single hardware glitch could be as long as a few seconds (15 sec for example) until it times out and OS moves on.

As far as the software, one of the worst resource hugs are all kinds of anti viruses. It's also one of the applications that you don't have much choice but to run. Without mentioning any names, many companies would allocated 5% - 60% of your systems resources - depends how new your computer is to perform live system monitoring / scanning.

You can manage your computer and keep it updates and fast as long as you have the time to:

Monitor start-up services
Keep Windows registry clean
De-frag your hard drive
Get rid of temp files
Monitor and see if the latest Antivirus software is not too resource intense, if it is try a different software

If it's too time consuming you can always contact our company if you're in Manhattan (New York, NY) and we can take care of it you can check the price at ( or see if we're running any kind of promotions at

Elliott Sharp
Technology Specialist
EasyWay Computer Services
353 W 48TH FL 3
New York, NY

Tel: 212-729-9422

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