Slow working laptops can really test ones patience. Over time, they begin to accumulate an increasing number of files and programs as a result of regular use. Eventually, this can slow down the laptop’s response time, making daily processes take longer to execute and lowering your productivity. You can fix a slow laptop by conducting normal maintenance on your machine, such as freeing up hard drive space and running the Windows hard drive utilities. You can also prevent unneeded programs from launching when your laptop starts and add more RAM memory to increase performance. Try out these tips to get your laptop back in shape.
1. Update and run your laptop’s virus scanner to remove viruses and spyware. Malware can use up your laptop’s CPU resources and slow down your laptop’s performance.
2. Click the Start button, type “msconfig” and press the “Enter” key to launch the System Configuration screen. Navigate to the “Start Up” tab and remove the check in the box next to every item you don’t need running on your laptop. When you reboot your laptop, only the selected programs will start up, freeing up resources on your machine.
3. Click the Start button, type “add or remove programs” and press the “Enter” key to launch the Add or Remove Programs screen. Click unneeded programs and then click “Uninstall” to free up space on your laptop’s hard drive.
4. Click the Start button, type “disk cleanup” and press the “Enter” key to launch the Disk Cleanup utility. Place a checkmark in the box next to items you want to delete, and then click “OK” to clean up your laptop’s hard drive.
5. Click the Start button, type “disk defragmenter” and press the “Enter” key to launch the Windows defragmenter utility. Select your laptop’s hard drive and click “Defragment disk” to consolidate files, which helps speed up the hard drive response time.
6. Add more RAM memory to your laptop. This will provide more overall memory that allows your laptop to run multiple programs at once with more speed.
- Back up important files and folders to prevent data loss, especially if your laptop is older or experiences crashes and Windows errors.
by Erin McManaway