7 Tips to keep your computer running longer and improve performance

7 tips to keep your computer running longer and improve performance

Before I started KLIM, I used to repair and assemble computers. Now I would like to share my experience with you, so that you don’t repeat the most common mistakes.

First of all I want to say that I don’t know your knowledge and skills in IT, so one or the other tip from this book might be quite obvious for you.

This eBook is written for PC (Windows) users. Mac users have the advantage and disadvantage of being less flexible when it comes to tinkering with hardware and software. Please note that no detailed list is offered here.

1. What is senseless

Although these tips appear everywhere, there are often some that are actually not that useful to extend the life of your computer.

  1. Defragment the hard disk. If you have an SSD hard disk, you don’t have to do it at all. If you don’t have an SSD, you can do it, but not too often. Under Windows 98 you can notice a slight speed increase, but with later versions the effects are quite insignificant.
  2. Clean the registry. Again, something that was very helpful 20 years ago, but not anymore. It won’t really affect the performance of your computer, and you might even end up deleting entries that you really shouldn’t delete.
  3. Remove shortcuts from the desktop. This is completely useless. The small icons on the desktop are only shortcuts or very small documents. If you want to delete a software which you don’t use, then you have to uninstall it completely.
  4. Install another antivirus software. It is recommended to just use the antivirus software of your operating system (in Windows it is Windows Defender), but only if you are not exposed to extreme risks online. Another antivirus software will probably slow down your computer instead of bringing concrete benefits, because they are often very poorly optimized.
  5. Install an optimization software. Many programs promise to optimize your computer, but most of them are malwares (i.e. not the programs you want to have on your PC). As a rule, your computer will decrease in speed rather than it could ever increase.

2. Overheat

An overheated computer will not stop working immediately, but it will slowly but surely wear out the components until one breaks down. This can severely affect the life of your PC.

The other danger is that your computer will automatically shut down to prevent damage. Laptops are more likely to overheat than desktop PCs. In addition, it is much more difficult to replace burnt or damaged components in a laptop than in a desktop PC. A simple rule you can remember:

> 85° = severe overheating

> 75° = severe overheating

This is only a rule of thumb. However, the temperature tolerance can be very different depending on components.

How to measure overheating? There are many programs to choose from. We can recommend you the following:

  • Speedfan
  • HWmonitor

The biggest laptop killer of all time is probably comforters. If you use your laptop in bed, make sure the ventilation is not blocked. Try not to use your computer too long in bed. If you use it on a hard surface, the rubber feet will keep it up, but this is not the case when you are in bed.

Let’s face it, we are involved in the fan business, so we have a vested interest in talking to you about the risk of overheating. Anyway, any professional will tell you that overheating brings a lot of risks to your computer.

3. Shutdown?

The age-old question: do you systematically shut down your computer?? Do you leave your computer on for a month straight? So, in both cases you make a big mistake.

If you never shut down your computer you don’t give it a chance to delete temporary files. Over time, these files clog up your hard drive so you can’t install updates.

Meanwhile the sleep mode is very helpful. Turning the computer on and off too often could be quite exhausting for the hardware. The solution we recommend is the golden mean: shut down your computer every 2-3 days. Of course please do not just press the button. Shut down the computer properly.

4. Save battery life

Should the battery stay on the power supply even above 100%? Should I let the battery drain to 0% every now and then? Are they myths? No. Very often the battery is the first component to show weaknesses. The advantage of this is that batteries are quite easy to replace; anyway, it costs around 50€.

Many studies have been conducted on this topic. So ideally you should handle the battery as follows:

  1. Charge the battery to 80%
  2. Let it go up to 40%
  3. Load it again up to 80%
  4. etc

Some studies have shown that this method could quadruple the life of your battery. The scientific reason behind this (simplified) is that the lithium polymer cells of the battery are charged with a certain voltage. The more the battery is charged, the higher the voltage will be. The higher the voltage, the more stressed each cell becomes. The higher the stress on a single cell, the faster the battery degrades.

So it is recommended to let the battery completely empty every now and then until the computer shuts down by itself.

Finally, if you want to keep your battery alive, you should take it out and only use it when you need it (when the laptop is not plugged in).

These tips are pretty limiting overall, it’s up to you which one you want to torture yourself with. At least you know now!

5. Clean

This is something that many often forget. The computer collects dust. The more dust on the fans, the more the computer will overheat and slow down. We recommend you to clean your computer every 6 months. To easily find out how to clean your computer yourself, search on Google&

6. Uninstall bloatware

You surely already pay attention to what you install on your computer. And that’s great! However, your version of Windows most likely came with lots of pre-installed bloatware. You’re surely convinced that you can trust the manufacturer, and that these programs are there for good reasons. Unfortunately this is not the case.

Not all the pre-installed programs are bad, but most of them are completely useless, they will just take up space or even slow down your computer. Uninstalling these programs one by one is not a good idea as it can be a bit time consuming.

There is a tool that makes this process easier: PC decrapifier (there is a free version). This program will give you some helpful tips. Select the program you want to uninstall, then press "Next".

7. Fluid and fall damage

Fluid and drop damage account for 90% of failures in the first 6 months. Of course there will always be accidents, but some accidents could have been avoided. The latest cell phones from Samsung are waterproof, but laptops or other computers obviously are not. A few drops can completely destroy your computer.

The phrase "twice sewn is better" is true, especially in this case – it will be quite impossible to fix the computer afterwards. Therefore, it is highly recommended not to bring any liquid near the computer – and to be careful with liquid in general. Drinking a coffee at your computer can quickly become a disaster if the cup tips over and your computer then gives up the ghost.

Abuse of the laptop is also a big problem. A colleague once told clients to think of their computers as if they were plates: you definitely don’t want to shake them when you hold them. Because you know that these could break down. Do the same with your laptop. So you can certainly save a visit to the customer service.

I hope you enjoyed reading and that these tips will help you keep your computer running longer and with higher performance!

About KLIM

KLIM Technologies is one of the top laptop cooling brands in Europe today. We came from nothing, don’t belong to a big corporation, don’t have outside investors. Our success depends only on the satisfaction of our customers. That’s why we offer high quality, durable products at a fair price. Our goal is for you to make your purchase with confidence. If you like the product, we win. If we don’t make it, we lose.

If you have questions about your product, our team of specialists will be happy to help you, in less than 24 hours. Email us anytime at [email protected] .

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