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How to Speed Up Your Laptop

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A new laptop is usually a fast one, but most computers tend to slow down over time. The more you use your laptop, the more bloated it becomes, as a result of thousands of files that keep guzzling your system resources. With that said, you might be looking for ways you can make your new HP or Acer work faster and I came up with a few of these that might be exactly what you need.

Disable startup programs

We’ve all been there – you turn on your laptop and it takes ages for it to start up Windows and allow you to use programs. The real reason why this happens is because the more programs you install, the slower your laptop becomes. However, you don’t have to uninstall any of them in order to make sure your laptop boots in a more timely fashion. Instead, all you need to do is disable some programs from starting during boot-up. The easiest way to do it is to use the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC shortcut key, switch to the startup tab and disable programs you don’t want to run at startup.

Uninstall programs you don’t use

This one is pretty straightforward. Chances are there are a number of programs in your laptop that you simply no longer use. In fact, if you’re like most PC owners, there are some programs you never even opened. No matter how tiny these things may be, having them installed on your laptop just slows things down. This is why it’s a good idea to go through a list of programs on your laptop every once in a while and uninstall everything you no longer have any use of. To uninstall programs from your laptop, click Control Panel and find Add or Remove programs.

Install more RAM memory

Just like adding an SSD will help your laptop perform faster, adding more RAM memory will do the same. Of course, you first need to know how much RAM you already have and whether upgrading it is an option. If the answer is yes, all you need to do is buy a RAM memory module and insert it into your laptop. Most laptop models have an access panel at the bottom and that’s where you’ll be able to find latching sockets. Just make sure your laptop is turned off and unplugged when inserting your new RAM module. If installing more RAM memory doesn’t get the job done, chances are there’s something wrong with your hardware and turning to experts who offer laptop repairs is recommended.

Use the Disk Cleanup tool

We talked about how too many programs can hurt your laptop’s performance but there’s much more that can slow things down. Belonging to this list are a number of files that can be deleted without actually affecting your laptop’s functionality. While deleting them manually can be risky, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s a tool that can delete all these files for you and using it is a much better idea. The Disk Cleanup tool, which is a part of Windows, can search for these files and delete them for you. To access this tool, click All Programs in your Start bar and click on Disk Cleanup under System Tools.

Defragment your hard drive

Another important thing to do if you want your laptop to run its best is to defragment files on your hard drive. Defragmenting or consolidating your files is a maintenance task and helps improve your laptop’s performance. What’s important to know is that defragmenting your hard drive may take a while and in case you have an energy-saving feature on your laptop, disabling it before you start might be a good idea. Ideally, you should be able to run your defrag overnight. Another option is to instruct your laptop to run the procedure automatically on a regular basis. To perform it manually, click on Disk Defragmenter tool in the Administrative Tools window.

Upgrade to SSD

Upgrading to SSD is one of the most foolproof ways to speed up your laptop. SSD performs much faster than HDD and doing an upgrade shouldn’t be tough. However, the most important thing you need to do is make sure your laptop is SSD compatible. That should help avoid buying an SSD only to discover that your laptop doesn’t support it. Inserting a new drive into your laptop involves finding the right slot for it and using a magnetic screwdriver to install the screws that’ll hold the drive. In case you’re not sure how to do it, it’s better to have professionals get the job done for you.

Perform a virus check

Of course, there’s always a chance your laptop is infected with a virus and that’s what causing it to perform slower than it usually does. In case you suspect this is the issue, consider getting a good piece of antivirus software and using it to detect the virus. If you invest in a good software, it’ll identify the virus and remove it for you. Most antivirus software will perform regular checks but make sure you do it manually from time to time as well. Also, don’t forget to upgrade your antivirus software whenever possible.

Over to you

Have all these things in mind and there should be nothing stopping you from speeding your laptop up. Even once you’ve done it, don’t forget to perform regular maintenance on your laptop and have it repaired as soon as you identify a hardware issue.

 

Bily Bum is an electrical engineer, tech, and gaming fan with 15 years of experience in the technology world. He is also a contributor on site Technivorz.

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How To Streamline Your Startup

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Streamline Your Startup

Are you looking to streamline your startup? Once you have got up and running and started to find your feet, it is a good time to start looking for ways to streamline, so that you can improve efficiency and start to improve performance. There are always issues and bottlenecks that arise that you did not anticipate and making minor improvements can make a big difference. There are a few important steps to take to streamline your startup and you will be impressed with the positive impact that these can have on your business, especially when they are combined together. Keep reading to find out more.

Identify Problematic Areas

A good starting place is to identify the problematic areas of the business. You may have an idea of what these are already, but it is also a good idea to ask your staff and customers. Once you have identified an area or two that needs some work, you can identify the best ways to improve and this will lift the entire operation.

Automate Tasks

You should also automate as much of the operation as you can with online tools, apps and software. Even just automating one task can make a big difference as it can speed up the process, reduce errors and free up time for your staff to focus on other aspects of their role. Often, simple admin tasks can be automated and this can make work much easier for your employees.

Outsource

Outsourcing is a smart way to free up time for your staff, get work completed by specialists and scale the business. Not only this, but outsourcing is also more cost-effective than hiring new staff, and there are all kinds of tasks and even entire departments that can be outsourced with ease.

Use Cloud Management Services

The cloud is a great way to streamline your business, especially in a time where people are working remotely. Using cloud management services allows you to get the most out of the cloud with automatic content and customization management tools allowing you to maintain complete operational control of your cloud environment.

Use Remote Work Tools

Remote work can bring a range of benefits to both the business and staff, but it does also pose a few challenges. Many of these challenges can be overcome when you utilize the best and latest remote work tools, such as screen-sharing software and group chat platforms. You can also get helpful advice on how to manage remote teams that will allow everyone to get the most out of remote work and boost productivity.

These are a few of the best ways to streamline your startup. Once you have got the business up and running, it is important to take the time to find ways to streamline so that you can operate at maximum efficiency and compete at the highest possible level. It can take startups a while to find success, but when you can streamline and improve early on, it will always help you to achieve this success much faster.

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How To Have The Perfect Networking Event

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Business is about the contacts and networks that you create around your products and services as well as those for support and advice. Networking has come to the fore in recent times and is now considered to be essential for both meeting customers and suppliers and stakeholders, alike.

Plan, plan, plan

An event for networking needs to be planned well in advance, to choose a theme, decide on the aim and provide professionals who are invited sufficient time to plan and diarize the event. Many note that planning should take place at least several weeks in advance. The only time you don’t need to inform guests so early is if it is a pop-up networking event. The event itself will still need pre-planning, but the invites can then be sent out at a little later and a little wider to ensure sufficient attendance.

You also need to plan as to what the aim of the event is, who will be invited and why and what the content or process of the event will be.

The meet and greet is essential

Depending on the number of people that you invite and the target audience, ensure that your meet and greet is appropriate. Customers want to feel valued and special and upon arrival they will need to feel welcome and at ease to appreciate the event and engage with any company or product messages. There should also be a formal process of brief introductions depending on the aim of the networking event.

Promote the brand and provide promotional material, freebies and gifts

Include a brand story, whether it’s on written promotional material or posters and yes, even PowerPoint can work. Telling your audience a memorable anecdote about the product is a must for a networking event. It’s stories like these that people remember and create the backstory to the product or business. There should also be some takeaways with all contact details of the host as well as a commitment to subsequently provide the contacts of others who have attended. This can be in the form of a fun branded item that has the contact details and there are some exciting developments in this sector at the moment. Good examples are made by anthembranding.com.

Have connectors on hand

The one thing that many businesses neglect to do at a networking or marketing event is to have a few connectors in the room and at the venue. They need to have been selected very carefully, generally from members of your own company or team. They need to know the brand, have a clear idea of what the event aims to achieve and then most of all they need to be personable. Their role is to make sure that there is interaction, talking to people and introducing those who have arrived, to others already in the room.

Reflect

The end of the event is the start of your actual networking. It’s vital to then reflect on the event and determine exactly what the next steps are for sustainable networking and relationship building.

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How to increase your workforce’s efficiency

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The phrase ‘a company’s greatest asset is its staff’ may be a cliche, but like many cliches, it is absolutely true. If your workforce doesn’t have the necessary skills, if their morale isn’t high enough or your employees aren’t being led effectively enough, then your business will suffer as a result. 

Unfortunately, neglecting your workforce is one of the easiest mistakes you can make as a business leader. This is because you aren’t dealing with spreadsheets or products, you are dealing with human beings. When you are busy trying to maximize profits, compete with business rivals and attract new customers, you can quickly forget that the only way you’re going to do any of that is not through machines, but people. 

However, if your workforce is not performing well enough, you may feel conflicted about what to do. If you fire certain employees then you run the risk of letting morale drop, but if you don’t make your feelings known, then nothing will ever change.

This is how to increase your workforce’s efficiency:

Improve your production processes 

The first step to improving the efficiency of your employees is to make their jobs easier. This means improving your production processes by investing in tooling. This tooling could mean fitting a conveyor system, such as those from fluentconveyors.com, if you have a production line, or using cloud computing to help make project work easier. 

By initially focusing on helping your employees do their jobs in a more efficient way, you will create a positive working atmosphere, rather than one of unnecessary pressure to perform. Your job is not to suspect that your workforce is underperforming, but appreciate whether they have the necessary tools to improve their efficiency. 

Ask them directly what they need

Arguably the best way to improve your workforce’s efficiency is to ask them what they need to improve their productivity. This is often an overlooked step by business leaders, but talking one-on-one with employees could generate valuable information to improve productivity. 

There will almost certainly be small details that you would never have thought of, or even gaping holes in the company’s management structure that need addressing.

Create a positive atmosphere

One of the simplest ways you can improve your workforce’s efficiency is to create a positive working atmosphere within your organization. You would be amazed how easily people can pick up on poor management structures, negative pressure and a lack of leadership. It can quickly impact overall productivity and take a long time to change.

Thankfully, this can easily be avoided by creating an atmosphere of trust and support at every level of your organization. Ensure that there are channels of communication open to employees looking to give their feedback, and regularly catch up with members of every department. It is easy as a business leader to become isolated from the rest of the organization, so an open-door policy often works best for maintaining a positive work environment. 

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