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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!
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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