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How much time each day do you spend waiting for your system to boot up? Do you regularly have time to get up and make coffee while you wait for a frozen program to unfreeze? You are probably losing more time than you think.
On average, workers lose an entire working week (5.5 days) each year because their computers won’t load quickly, freeze during routine tasks, or need re-booting during the middle of the day.
While computers do slow down over time, you don’t have to suffer when they do. If you have slow computers, they don’t need to slow you down.
Although computer hardware becomes more reliable with each passing year, the demands we make on it are also growing. As your aging system tries to keep up, end-users begin to notice a slowdown to a crawl.
The demands put on your CPU, memory, and storage are largely what slow your computer down.
Issues also abound if you use dated hardware with new programs even when your hardware is well maintained. Pre-2015 hardware can’t keep up with even the latest updates of your existing programs.
Other common culprits for slow computers include:
Slow computers are annoying, and they tend to play up at the worst moments (like during client presentations or during critical processes). However, they cost you more than misery: slow computers cost your business real money.
Sandisk says that PC users spend 130 hours a year waiting on their computers to catch up. If that figure is true for your company, then one employee earning $15 an hour costs you $1,950 a year in lost productivity. You throw away that money just because their computer doesn’t boot up quickly.
Regular servicing and tune-ups keep even older computers running well (even if they aren’t lightning fast). These tune-ups include removing old files, unused software, and other clutter. You can also move more applications to the cloud (by using Office 365 and other tools), which removes the need for even the software you use every day.
These tune-ups also identify issues like a failed hard drive or a need for memory quickly rather than causing your employees to suffer.
A more drastic approach includes completing a rebuild of the PC and reinstalling your programs. It works like a hot shower for your OS and can significantly improve speeds if clutter was the issue.
The combination of a rebuild-and-reinstall with a move to the cloud (where possible) can also improve your existing computing efficiency.
At some point, however, the hardware no longer serves its purpose and can’t keep up with the demands of late-model programs, including your OS. At this point, you may need to upgrade or replace the PC.
ClearPath IT knows that every lost hour of productivity hurts your business. We offer managed IT services and cloud migration to make sure that your computers don’t slow down so you can focus on what’s important – your business.