By far and away the most in demand requests I am getting now is around slow Windows 10 computers for businesses and services. Most of these pieces of technology haven’t been used for a year due to lockdown restrictions, so when people are switching them on they are finding them sluggish to use as most of the processing power is being used to catch up on updates.
Modern computers are pretty much living, breathing things, and unless they are cared for, or used fairly regularly, they get behind on their updates and start to run slower and slower.
The solution is long and unexciting – get the computer switched on, connect it to the internet and let it update. Leaving it running to catch up with these updates in Settings is often necessary.
With this laptop shown the process took 8 hours. I uninstalled any unnecessary software, ran Disk cleanup, deleted the Software Distribution contents in the Windows folder on the C drive, and updated. It was missing the 20H2 update for Windows 10, which is a fairly chunky update weighing in at 20GB of leftovers to cleanup once installed.
This laptop is a Lenovo Ideapad 100. The 20H2 update alone accounted for 7 of the 8 hours it took to get it running properly. Installing this update then means more updates become available, but they are easily installed compared to this big one.
During the update process I had to restart the laptop a few times when prompted to allow configuration to take place. It meant the laptop was out of use for a full working day, but at least now I know it can be used well, and it will run super fast.
If you are just returning to work and have found your computer is super slow, sacrifice the day to get any updates installed. It can be a boring day, but it will mean you can use your device efficiently going forward.