If your PC is starting to show its age, here are some tips and tricks from Marathon’s Service Team that may give your older Windows machine a boost.

If you’re not confident about managing things like this, it’s best to check with your IT provider before making any changes. This stuff is pretty basic but every network has its quirks so better safe than sorry if you’re uncertain.

Check your Startup folder. Items in this folder are set to load each time you log in. Go here by going to Start > All Programs > Startup folder and take out things you don’t use.

Clean up your desktop. Limiting the amount of icons on your PC desktop will speed up initial login time. You can leave essential items on the desktop for easy access and then put everything else into a folder on the desktop.

Do not have Outlook open automatically when Windows starts. This makes everything take much longer and increases the risk of offline mail cache corruption. To stop this, simply remove it from Startup folder on Start menu.

Check your temp files. There are programs available online for this. Once your file count tops 20,000 files in one folder, performance will be drastically reduced. Temp folders are used all the time and, without routine cleaning, they can add up quickly.

Too many mail items in Outlook. This is just like having too many temp files. Large mailboxes (both total size and numbers of files) drastically impact performance. The size of a single mailbox should stay under 2 GB. Total number of mail items in a single folder (especially your Inbox) should not exceed 10,000. It is fine to have folders with large item counts if you rarely use them, but folders that get regular use should be kept small. You can create sub-folders and use the search function to find items or setup auto-archiving to manage things.

Check your DNS server with your Internet provider. Usually these settings come from DHCP but if it’s not configured correctly then you machine’s Internet performance can slow to a crawl. This one applies for your home computer. Adjusting this at work can cause a lot of problems. It is always best to use the closest DNS server to you and avoid the common public ones (like ,, etc.). You can get connected to the closest DNS server by contacting your Internet provider.

If things are still slow and it’s time to upgrade your office technology, contact Marathon today and we’ll create a custom proposal to get your business back on the cutting edge.

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