Category: Hardware
Slow PC
27th December 2016

Is your computer Slow?

If a PC is plagued by bloatware, viruses, malware, or an overabundance of programs is draining the speed of the processor, I’ll have the solution. By offering repair services to alleviate slow computer processing, slow computer help is only a few clicks away.

If a computer is running at less than optimal speeds, the first defence may be to reboot the PC. However, if a reboot does not solve the problem, there are additional steps to restore a slow computer. Any programs operating in the background are utilising memory and the central processing unit (CPU), thus slowing the operating speed of the PC.

While scans are in progress, programs such as anti-virus software, spyware protection, or other security software can often decrease the functionality of the computer. Yet, sometimes scanning for spyware and malware may be able to combat the issues of a slow running computer. scanning and removing any viruses found on a personal computer may help.

A PC could also be slow due to the hard drive. A lack of hard drive space, as well as a bad, corrupt, or fragmented hard drive, could be a possible cause of slow processor speeds. The hard drive can be cleaned or upgraded if less than 200-500 MB of free space is available. The user could remove any old games, files, or programs from the PC, delete temporary files, or even run a disk clean up. If these options do not help, running a systems Defrag or ScanDisk may verify that the data is arranged in the ideal order, and that there are no physical malfunctions with the computer’s hard drive.

Additional problems that could be the cause of a slow PC are hardware conflicts, out of date drivers or operating systems, low memory (RAM), or even the overheating of the computer or processor. Upgrading RAM to at least 2GB for a 32-bit system and 4GB for 64-bit system may require my help. However, changing to the latest Windows operating system or cleaning the air vents and fans of the computer are simple at-home changes that could be done by yourself. For hardware and driver issues, I can help.

After trying all possible solutions and still struggling with a slow computer, It’s time to give me a call. Leave the hassle and worry to the professionals; there is no reason a computer should not be running at optimal speeds and I can certainly help you with that.

Apple vs Microsoft
27th December 2016

Apple or Microsoft? Which one you should choose?

There are a million choices when it comes to purchasing a computer, but the first one to address is key – Apple or Microsoft? Both operating systems offer a multitude of options and benefits, but it really comes down to specific preference and use. What works for a graphic designer might not be best for a heavy gamer. A family that primarily uses their computer to check email and do homework may not want superior graphic display. It comes down to an evaluation of personal needs.

The primary concern for many is cost, and Microsoft Windows computers (PC) can be found at a much cheaper base price than Apples. The smallest MacBook Air starts at £749 and some machines can quickly reach the thousands. Base models come with very few bells and whistles, and upgrades and repairs can also add up fast. A basic PC laptop can be purchased for just under £300, although they too can be found in the thousands depending on hardware and loaded software packages. Also take into consideration software a consumer may need to also purchase such as the Microsoft Office Suite. If price point is the purchaser’s biggest concern, PCs come out on top.

Security should also be a main concern for many users, and there Apple wins. PCs are much more common and therefore more targeted by malware and viruses. Apple computers are considered more secure and do not require additional software for monitoring.

Usability is key no matter what kind of computer you have. Apple systems are considered to be more streamlined and easier to navigate, but there is a learning curve if the consumer has been a lifelong Windows user. PCs tend to experience more crashing and issues, due mostly to the complicated operating system and the various device drivers required.

Quality can vary greatly when it comes to PCs. Certified Apple computers come from the same place and are held to the same standards. There are more budget friendly PCs and as a result the construction standards of the hardware can be lower.

There is much more software available for Microsoft systems. Apple has increased offerings greatly in the past decade, but if a specific program is required the consumer should check which system it operates on. Apple computers are considered superior in graphic design and education software, but PCs offer more games and general programs. Often times new programs are available for PC long before Apple.

IT Support is offered for both types of machines. Phone and store support is available, but Apple tends to be more expensive since support is offered at fewer places. Since PCs are more commonplace, consumers can find a variety of support options and places. Apple and some PCs do offer service warranties for a time period for an additional charge.

Apple may look to to be on top of the market with its commercials, trendy spokespeople and additional products like the iPhone, but do not discount Microsoft. As most widely used product, they offer more programs and syncing with these additional apple products. The choice should come down to price, use and personal preference. Head to a local store with a list of needs in hand. Try both products, see what best fits. However I’d recommend buying from a Apple themselves or if you choose Microsoft buy online or get someone like us to build a custom built computer for you.

If you’re thinking of getting a new computer soon and would like some advice on which one to go for, feel free to get in touch.

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