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How to get the most from your Laptop

It doesn’t matter whether you’re working on a brand new machine or a decade old hand-me-down, everyone is keen to get the most from their laptop.

The truth is that whatever the spec of your computer, much of how smoothly it runs is down to the way in which you use it. So, whether you’re a hardcore gamer running your laptop through 3D TVs or just an everyday user, here are a few tips to get the most from your computer.

Update Your Software

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to get the most from an old computer is not to update because you think your computer can’t handle it. When you’re interacting online and with new software, it’s essential that your machine is as up to date as possible. Windows updates should be installed when prompted, and it’s good to keep other bits of software that you often use right up to date.

If you can’t afford the latest version of Windows, you could try using open source software like Linux instead. You’ll notice the difference in no time at all.

Remove Unnecessary Files

If your computer isn’t running as quickly as you’d like, there’s a good chance it’s clogged up with information. Go through your system deleting all files and applications which you no longer need.

If there are any large files which you cannot do without, consider moving them to portable hard drives to make space on your primary disk. This is a particularly useful way to hold on to anything which you don’t open very often but can’t do without – and it’s a great way to back up important documents.

Upgrade Your Hardware

If your computer is still struggling with what you put it through, you may not have the hardware you need. The good news, though, is that laptop computers are often very easy to upgrade. Rather than buying a whole new machine, look to upgrade key parts of your hardware. This can have a hugely positive impact on your computer without costing the earth.

Easy and affordable ways to buy yourself more power and therefore more speed include upgrading your RAM and your hard drive. Both methods are cheap and can be done at home. Be sure to research the compatibility of your laptop model with the hardware you choose before you buy, however. 

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