Do computers really slow down with age?

“Why does my computer slow down?” is probably the question our engineers get asked most often by computer owners.

The truth is that computers don’t slow down with age. They slow down with weight … the weight of newer software, that is.

New software requires better hardware to run properly. Lets say you bought a computer 5 years ago. Back then, it was top of the line and could play any video game you bought, run any software you installed, and not even hesitate for a second. Then, as the years went on, you began to wait on it, longer and longer until it got to the point where you could take a shower in the time that it would take for your machine to start up!

So why does software require more and more of your computer?

Let’s take games for example. Every time game developers release a new game, they want it to have better graphics then the last game that came out (and 3D graphics in a virtual 3D world take a lot of RAM to run!) If you play a lot of games, I’m sure you’ve realised by now that you need some serious computing power and have to continually update your system in order for it not to slow down.

But what if you’re not a gamer and your computer is still slowing down? Well, the best thing to do would be to uninstall most of the little free programs you downloaded and then forgot about because these can take up a ton of resources from your computer, especially if a bunch of them are just running in the background, taking up precious power.

If you have an old computer that you’re hoping to breathe new life into, then we suggest reinstalling the operating system that came with your computer originally (we can do this for you as part of our health check service). This means you won’t have that new version of Windows or Apple operating system, but your computer will be back to the way it was when you bought it. From there, you can install the bare essential programs that you require so as to minimise the drain on your computer.

Ideally, we’d recommend installing software that is of about the same age as your computer, not the new, top of the line programs. That way, the software will be compatible with your computer’s capabilities. So if you want to install Photoshop on an old computer, find an older version that will use less of your computer’s resources.

Need a hand?

If you need a hand optimising your computer or laptop give our friendly team a call on 01793 533300 to book your PC or laptop in for a Computer Health Check.

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