There are not many things that are more frustrating or infuriating than a slow, sluggish laptop which won’t seem to pick up the pace, no matter what you try. If you are having to spend minutes each time you want to load your laptop up, visit a simple web page or use Microsoft Office, you should probably try and fix the problem before you launch your laptop out of your nearest window and go buy a new one.
There are many simple steps you can take which will make dramatic improvements to your laptop’s performance, even on older models. In many cases, it can be as simple as running a malware removal software and tweaking some settings, whereas in others you may need to dramatically clean up your laptop and sacrifice some older programs you no longer use. Before you think about buying a brand new laptop, try out these very simple solutions.
#1: Defrag Your Hard Drive
If your laptop has a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) as opposed to a Solid State Drive (SSD) – most older laptops have HDDs – then you should consider performing a defragmentation of it. When large files are saved to HDDs, they break files into smaller little pieces and store them across several different locations on the HDD.
When these files begin to accumulate, the HDD can take longer to find and access them, causing your laptop to slow down and programs taking longer to load. Thankfully, there are lots of different defragmentation software out there (which are free) and can do the job for you. If you have an older version of windows (anything before Windows 8), you should defragment your HDD often. If you have an SSD or newer versions of Windows, you don’t need to do this.
#2: Reduce Start-Up Programs
If you have lots of different programs and apps which launch on start-up (i.e. when you log in to Windows) then this can dramatically reduce performance. Many programs will start running invisibly when you boot up Windows, which can slow down start-up time and cause crashes.
You can easily control which programs launch on start-up.
- Hit the Start button and type msconfig then press Enter.
- Click the Startup tab in the window which launches.
- In the list of programs which appear, untick the box next to the ones you don’t want to launch on start-up.
- Click Apply then OK.
#3: Uninstall Old Programs
If you have had your laptop for a long time, there are probably several programs which you no longer need, use, or want. Freeing up some storage space is a great way to improve your system’s performance with relative ease.
Have a quick check through your list of programs and see if there are any you can happily part with.
- Click Start, then Control Panel and then Uninstall a program
- All your installed programs will now appear, and you can click Uninstall next to the ones which you no longer need.
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