IT Support 101: Windows computer is slowing down.

Does it feel like your computer is slowing down? On this article under out IT Support 101 series, let us tackle the probable cause together with you.

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IT Support 101: Windows computer is slowing down

It is frustrating when it happens, and we know how you feel. Distraught and frustrated at these machines, you paid much money. It should work well, but it does not. Applications take a long time to load, starting it up also takes a long time. Worst of all, it keeps crashing on you. You have no clue as to what is wrong. Let us help you figure it out together.

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IT Support 101: Windows computer is slowing down

RAM

Windows computer is slowing down


Let's start with the most manageable and most probable cause. Sometimes your RAM comes a little loose. Some static build-up and gradual minuscule vibration from your fans are enough to dislodge it from its the place. It could be the reason why your computer is crashing; it has no ram or random access memory to allocate the processing. Your processor uses the memory to perform select calculations for programs that are running, especially those running in the background.


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IT Support 101: Windows computer is slowing down

If you are confident, you can clean your ram. Here is another video tutorial one installing and removing ram. It could just be a simple dust issue that has resulted in what has happened to your system. And for your sake, we hope that is the case. Following this, you can start your computer back up again. Which is not the end just yet; we want you to do is to start and run "DXDIAG" which is a built-in diagnostic application to read all the hardware that connects to your computer. Click here to learn how to do that.


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IT Support 101: Windows computer is slowing down

Alternatively, all you need to do is to click on the magnifying glass button and type 'dxdiag'to launch the application. For older versions of windows, click on start>run and then type 'dxdiag'. Once you have done that you should see the application load and eventually the same window, we show above, which is from the name of your computer, version of an operating system, down to the version of DirectX. Ignore all of those and look for "Memory". Remember, one thousand megabytes or MB is equal to one gigabyte or GB. If you are aware of how much ram you have compared that number with what you see. If the number is less than half the amount of ram you have, your ram is faulty. Which is an easy fix, buy new ram—time for an upgrade.

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IT Support 101: Windows computer is slowing down

DUST

Windows computer is slowing down


Another common reason is simply dust. Parts on your mainboard or motherboard requires constant cooling during operations; This is because electrical signals running along the copper threads generate heat, and if unchecked, the heat can cause overheating issues. And your CPU chip needs the most cooling. The moment your CPU overheats, everything freezes, and your computer crashes. Commonly this is because dust has clogged up your CPU fan.


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