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Get your Computer Ready for Back To School
With school starting you want your computer to be running at its best. Sometimes things can get bogged down in Windows 10 and make it seem like your computer is moving at a snails pace. Here is a reminder of a few things you can do to speed things up.
Check to see if you have any Windows updates that are in the process of downloading or installing, or that are waiting for a restart. If things are running super slow, Windows could be in the middle of an update. Open Settings, click on Update, and Security, and see if there is a download or install taking place. If your computer needs to reboot, you will see a Restart prompt.
Check your computer for Malware. Malwarebytes is a free malware scanning program that you may already have on your computer. Run this regularly to keep malware off your machines.
Check what programs are running automatically when Windows starts up. Sometimes there are things you can stop from automatically running that will speed up your boot up process. Go to Settings and choose Apps. On the far left at the bottom of the list you will see Startup. Click on that and a list of programs automatically starting when your computer starts is listed. You can turn these off and on. Just be careful not to turn something off that is needed.
You can change your power options to high performance. The down-side of this is that it uses more energy. You can find your power options by going to Control Panel, System and Security and Power Options. You will see “Show additional plans” and a drop down arrow. Click this and you will have the option to turn on High Performance.
Try these out and see if it gives you a bit better performance.
Have a good 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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