A professional portable computer is a key work tool for any company, so it should be taken good care of, so it can not only have a long life, but also provide optimal performance throughout its life cycle.
In this article, we will go through a series of tips that we will explain in detail and that will help you take good care of any and every laptop you use at work.
This advice will also help to improve the device performance and, if applied correctly, will also restore laptops that have suffered an efficiency loss over time, due to overuse.
1. – Restrict the number of launch programs.
A measure both simple and effective, because it speeds up the system’s boot times and reduces the number of active programs in the background when we start up Windows 10.
To make this adjustment, we have to right-click in the taskbar, select “Task Manager” > “Startup” and then click on “Disable” in the “Status” option.
2. – Keep the operating system and drivers updated.
Operating system updates are fundamental for the computer’s protection, because the latest security patches are received through them.
Also, new features are introduced with some updates and, in the case of Windows 10, they extend the support period of the operating system. They are fundamental, since they extend the support, extend the device’s capabilities and also improve its protection.
Drivers also play a very important role, since they are responsible of the good operation of the system and can help improve performance and security, so every professional laptop should keep them up to date.
3. – Defragmenting the storage unit.
If your company uses laptops with hard drives, using the defragmentation tool periodically can help improve the overall performance of the computer.
Every laptop uses the storage unit to perform read and write operations, so the hard drive is a basic piece of equipment on which the performance of the entire system depends.
In case the hard drive is fragmented, the performance will drop considerably and we will notice it during load times when running applications or opening documents and files.
With the defragmentation tool, this problem is solved by running an ordering process that allows faster load times on the drive, although it is not necessary to do so on SSD drives.
4. – Keep your computer clean.
In this article we talked about how important it is for a correct laptop maintenance to keep the device clean, but we must keep in mind that it is also important to run an internal cleaning process.
Laptops usually accumulate dust and dirt in their interior after several years of continuous use, a fact that can end up affecting negatively the general performance of the system and generate problems of excess heat.
The IT department should perform periodic cleanings inside the laptops to ensure optimal operation for a longer period of time.
5. – Adjust different energy configuration depending on the situation.
A professional laptop should have a correct balance between power and mobility, this is an issue that we have also had the chance to deal with in this article, but there are situations where we may need to break that balance for greater performance.
If we use Windows 10 we can boost the system performance in a very simple way by changing the system’s power plan to “high performance”. Keep in mind that, while improving performance, this will also increase consumption and reduce autonomy.
To change this option simply type “Edit Energy Plan” in the search bar and select the option “Advanced Energy Settings”.