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May 19, 2021


If your computer is running extremely sluggish suddenly it can be concerning.  It’s happening to me right now.  Things are slow to open and I’m waiting for an unusually long time for my email to come up so I can write a new one.

Panic time?  Not yet.  In my case, my computer has just finished an update and it’s waiting for me to restart it so that it can finish what it needs to do.  There is an easy way to tell if your computer is waiting to be restarted.  If you click on the Windows Icon at the bottom left of your screen you will see a small orange dot that is on top of the button you use to power down your computer.  If you click on the power button it will give you some options.  You can shut down and nothing will update, or you can update and restart, which will complete the update and then restart your computer for you.  This is what I’m going to do when I finished this article.

This slowness will also happen if your computer is in the process of downloading an update.  These updates happen automatically, and you won’t know that it’s in the process of updating unless you open the settings.  Go to the Settings menu, that’s the one with the Gear icon.  Open Updates and Security and click on Updates.  If things are downloading, you can bet that your computer will be running slowly until it finishes up.

Even without updates slowing you down, it’s always a good idea to shut down your computer occasionally to let everything close out and then start fresh when you turn it back on.


Reboot and have a great week!

Kathie Pearce
ComputerFAQ - #55


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