By Joshua Bagwell

Unfortunately, Microsoft Windows users have become accustomed to Windows freezes and lag.  While there are quite a few reasons this can happen, there are a few common causes.

  • How old is your computer? If it’s more than 3 to 5 years old, it may need to be replaced or upgraded with additional memory.
  • How many programs do you have open?  Do you really need them open all the time?  Every time you open a program and leave it running, it’s using up more system memory which leaves less available for the programs that you are using at that time.
  • Have you checked the hardware requirements of the software you’re running to verify that the memory, CPU and available hard drive space requirements are being met? There’s a chance that the computer was underpowered at the time you bought it. That $199 computer at the big box store may run a web browser fine, but definitely wasn’t designed for business applications.
  • How often do you clean up your computer? Do you have programs installed that you don’t use -- including software for old printers and other devices that you no longer have? Programs that load on startup with Windows such as iTunes and Skype?  These programs use system resources and can cause a computer to freeze or run slow.
  • Are you using older versions of software? There may be updates available for your software that could cut down on some freezes or lag.
  • If network database applications are freezing up or just running slow, find out if you can compact the database.
  • What shape is your network and internet connection in? If you’re running network applications, something as major as old cabling or an old network switch to something as simple as a bad patch cable could be causing your programs to lock up.
  • Are cloud based applications freezing up?  Check the internet speed.

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