Expert Series

Get the Most Out of Your Hardware


Here at Grovo, we cover all the most important cloud software, but today we want to bring you some tips on how you can maximize your hardware’s speed and performance so you can stay productive.

You can drastically increase your computer’s processing speed by developing some good habits and employing the techniques you’ll find below.

1. Diagnose Common Computer Issues

  • There are few things more annoying than a computer that’s taking too long to respond, but repeatedly clicking the refresh button on your web browser is not the solution.
  • To maintain computer speed, try to close extraneous apps and windows.
  • If it’s unclear what’s slowing you down, open your Mac’s Activity Monitor (or the Task Manager in Windows) to see if one application is using a particularly large amount of RAM or CPU.  Also check if any applications are labeled “not responding.”  Closing these applications could solve your issue.
  • Also never hesitate to restart your computer; it’s an incredibly effective troubleshooting method.

2.  Tools to Maximize Computer Speed

  • While the techniques above will increase your computer speed, they’re short-term fixes rather than long-term solutions.  Computers inevitably become slower over time, but you can postpone the decline by developing good maintenance habits.
  • Keeping your applications up-to-date will go a long way in helping your computer maintain peak performance.  Updating your applications seems like a chore, but the more often you do it, the less time it will take each time around.
  • Another excellent way to keep your computer running like the day you bought it is to maximize free space; this can be accomplished by deleting applications and files you no longer need.
  • As a last resort, you can always upgrade your hardware to increase speed.  Common upgrades include adding more RAM and replacing your hard drive.

3. Wi-Fi Tips and Tricks

  • If your computer is slow to load websites but otherwise fine, there’s a good chance you have a bad Wi-Fi connection.
  • One of the most common issues, and the easiest fixes, is that your router is simply too far from your computer.  This can be easily solved by moving your router closer to your computer or installing a Wi-Fi repeater into isolated parts of your home.
  • If your Wi-Fi isn’t password-protected your internet speed could be adversely affected by strangers tapping into your network.  Keep your network to yourself by adding a password.

We all have issues with our computers every now and then, hopefully these techniques will help you alleviate them.  Try making these changes and see how much faster you can zoom around!