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How to Manage Your Computer

Although technology is improving at a very rapid rate, it is still far from perfect.  We cannot even define it in a universal manner.  Nonetheless, we can identify some characteristics of technology that will be beneficial for your organization.

Digital transformation requires a collaborative approach.  There is a need for professionals from both ends of the market to work together to make the entire organization digital.  This isn’t always about software developers. Application development is a big-box business, and not many computers are built with the same hardware around the world.

There is something called portfolio management (selecting, prioritizing and organizing programs or projects) that is very appropriate to this transformation aspect.  Your users will require applications to perform at their best and wilt with bad application performance.  This will be frustrating and at times will cause the loss of customers.  However, you cannot control all the performance of your application, so you must select, evolve, and converge.

This is a bit about which causes business problems.  Let’s assume a world without email.  Everyone will either be using it to send messages to their business partners or clients, or they will be using it to do business-related tasks.  From this perspective, almost everyone will be using a variety of different technologies.  Everyone will be using slightly different software, but with the same purpose.  This is an example of a cause and effect relationship. As this example demonstrates, technology can be an asset or a bottleneck to your business.  If your business is Internet-based, you cannot expect that all of your users will be using the same applications, or even all of the same applications on the same operating system. Each user will be using what works for them, and they will be using it in accordance with their own abilities and work needs.

From this perspective, it is important to consider the capacity of each computer as users move in and out and to plan for future growth.  This is not a cost issue, but a capability issue.  You need to know how much processing power you have accessible to meet each user’s needs.  You also need to know what types of applications you plan to use and create from scratch.

Here are three of the most effective methods we’ve learned for getting the most out of your computer’s capabilities in order to manage the applications you need the most.

Grow your System Resources

Use the System Restore utility to return your computer to a previous point in time. This will include removing unwanted programs and data files that are no longer needed.  By following this approach, you will be able to maximize the operating system capacity and free up physical memory.

You can also use Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files from your computer. Temporary files can add up quickly as your computer quickly approaches capacity. These files can include temporary images from media images, favorite music files, and old program files. 

How to access Disk Cleanup on your computer? 

Windows 10

To delete temporary files:

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type disk cleanup, and select Disk Cleanup from the list of results.    
  2. Select the drive you want to clean up, and then select OK.
  3. Under Files to delete, select the file types to get rid of. To get a description of the file type, select it.
  4. Select OK.

If you need to free up more space, you can also delete system files:

  1. In Disk Cleanup, select Clean up system files.
  2. Select the file types to get rid of. To get a description of the file type, select it.
  3. Select OK.

(Source: Disk cleanup in Windows 10 (microsoft.com))

Defragment your hard drive

Windows has a built-in tool that allows you to defragment your hard drive. You might be surprised at how effective it is for multitasking. Perhaps you would like to defragment your hard drive once and then forget about it! This is convenient for system builders. 

How to access defragment your windows 10?

Optimizing your drives can help your PC run smoother and boot up faster. To optimize them:

  1. Select the search bar on the taskbar and enter defrag.
  2. Select Defragment and Optimize Drives.
  3. Select the disk drive you want to optimize.
  4. Select the Optimize button.

(Source: Defragment your Windows 10 PC (microsoft.com))

This will start defragmenting your computer’s hard drive. Although it can take up to several hours to complete, it is worth it. What it is doing is ordering all the files on your hard drive in order so that they will be neatly lined up next to one another. This will require you to concentrate on searching and extracting files. Once it is done, restart your computer and let it run. You can also set how frequently you want your computer to automatically defragment through the Change Settings.

Turn Off Unnecessary Features

Unnecessary features can be just as bad as a bad idea. Close unnecessary programs by following these simple steps:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Select Run and then type “MSConfig”.
  3. Open theStartup tab.
  4. Click Open Task Manager
  5. Remove any unnecessary programs from there.
  6.  Restart your computer and let it re-install those unwanted programs.

 

Whatever it is, make sure to run a registry cleaner on a regular basis, and back up your register to a separate drive or location. The last thing anyone wants is for a virus or spyware attack to wipe out all of their important files.

 

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