6 ways to make your work computer run faster

We’ve all been there, you’re in the office and you’ve got a mammoth deadline looming on the horizon. But your pitiful PC just can’t get the job done and is slowing you right down. You might as well write everything down by hand like they did in the middle ages.

Speeding your office computer up can prove difficult though, as most of the time you don’t have sufficient permissions to install clean-up software or access certain settings. Tricky huh?

Well we’ve put together a list of six easy ways you can make your work computer run faster, even without being an administrator. You can thank us later.

1. Shut it down

This is obvious, but some of you lot don’t seem to get it!

Make sure you shut off your machine when you leave work in the evening. Your computer needs a rest too and switching it off over night is a great way to keep it in tip top condition. You wouldn’t leave the TV on all the time would you?

2. Terminate the start-ups

Although uninstalling programs might not be an option on an office network, most admin setups allow for changing what starts up automatically on your PC. For Windows 10 open the task manager by typing it in to the search bar, and switch to the ‘Start-Up’ tab by clicking on more details.

For Mac-users it’s a little more complicated as you need an admin password that may not be available to you.

3. Drop the tabs

We know what you say, ‘I need those tabs open! They’re important!” But they’re not really, are they?

Utilise your favourites bar in Chrome and you can save the really vital web pages you need to access quickly, without turning your browser into Internet Explorer circa 1998.

4. Re-decorate

Changing your background image to something simple and a small file size (ideally just a plain colour wash) will instantly improve your desktop’s performance. If you want a nice screen saver of your golden retriever, just Bluetac a picture to the desk…

5. Milk and… cookies?

Deleting your internet browser cookies is a great way to clear up space on your hard drive.

They’re basically just files that store information about websites you’ve visited so you don’t actually need them for anything important.

Go to your internet settings menu in browser and delete them from there.

6. Have a moan

Getting on the phone to IT and telling them about your desperate need for an upgrade is a surefire way to speed up your computer, because they’ll probably just replace it with a brand spanking new model!

Be as polite as possible though. If you’ve ever seen The IT Crowd you’ll know how many stupid complaints they get every day…

Now what?