One annoying trend in the computing industry is the way that brand new parts become slower over time, eventually breaking down in what feels like no time at all. This results in you having to spend even more money on computer parts. With this in mind, here are a few simple IT support tips that can help you get the most out of your PC’s lifecycle.

Restart it often

“Turn it off and on again” might sound like a fairly stereotypical response when it comes to tech support, but it’s important to note that this didn’t come from nowhere. By having your computer on for days or even weeks at a time, you’re significantly damaging the speed at which it can effectively run. A restart will clear your PC’s cache, reset the RAM and get your computer back to its optimal speed in no time at all.

Dust your computer

For some people, this isn’t an easy solution, as you might be using a laptop or a desktop that is hard to take apart. If possible, you should try and get inside your PC in order to clear out any dust that might have built up over the years. Dust on your components can cause them to overheat, which will degrade the performance of your device not only in the short term, but will potentially cause permanent damage that can shorten its lifespan. If you’re using a laptop or locked down desktop, you can always use a can of compressed air to try and clean it out.

Uninstall any unused programs

Over the years, some programs will eventually fall by the wayside and no longer see use. These programs will need uninstalling, or you risk keeping your hard drive full to the brim. A full hard drive won’t be able to work as quickly, so uninstalling old programs and deleting old files can squeeze out a few more months of high-end performance from your PC.

If you’ve tried all of these tips and still can’t get optimal performance out of your PC, get in touch with Rapid IT Support today and our team of friendly experts can get you back up and running.