If your work computers are running slowly and you can’t figure out why, there’s a chance that they may be suffering from running too many tasks. Thankfully, it is possible to pin-point these resource hogs and eliminate them right from your task manager.
Opening Up And Managing Your Task Manager
The first step in the process is to open your task manager, which is as easy as pressing “CTRL-ALT-DELETE” at the same time. This will take you to a separate screen that lets you lock your computer, turn it off, reset it, or start the task manager. Click on the task manager to return to your normal screen, with the task manager now open to examine.
After you’ve opened your task manager, click on the “Processes” tab (usually the default tab) and scroll through the tasks to get a feel for what is using the most memory. Look at the top tabs (which include “CPU,” “Memory,” “Disk,” and “Network”) and focus on the “CPU’ and “Memory” tab. Click on one to sort the tasks by how much memory each is using.
This should give you a pretty good idea of which tasks are taking most of your memory. If you are running an internet exploration program, there’s a good chance it might be eating much of your memory, especially if you have left open multiple tabs. Close the explorer and see what remains of your memory. If a majority of it is still being used, move on to the next step.
Gauging Which Tasks To Close
While you may be tempted to just close all the apps that suck up your CPU, that isn’t the best idea. The problem is that you might end up closing essential programs, which will cause your computer to either run improperly or force a restart, as it will no longer run. Thankfully, task manager can help you find which tasks are essential for your computer.
When you’re in task manager, right click on a task that you don’t recognize or which seems suspect and click “search online.” This will tell you what the task is and whether or not it is essential for proper operation. Feel free to close it if there is no need to run it.
Close all non-essential tasks in this way, and you’ll find your computer running more quickly in no time. Move on to the next work computer and perform the same process to speed it up. However, if your computers remain slow, it might be time to visit an IT specialist, such as those found at Mcglaun Consulting. They can help sort out the problem and manage your computer problem.