Is your laptop not as fast as it used to be? It’s not abnormal for laptops to slow down over time with usage and adding more data. Here’s what you can to give a slow laptop a speed boost:
Scan for Viruses
While laptop slowdowns are normal for the most part, there are scenarios where malware could make your system slower than usual. If the slowdown was rather abrupt, then malware could be the problem. In any case, scan your laptop for viruses. You can use an in-built tool like the spyware scanner that comes with Windows. Alternatively, you can use a high-ranking commercial antivirus tool.
If you do uncover virus or other malware, immediately take your laptop to an expert computer repair services centre. The professionals can back up your files, remove the virus, and restore your system back to normal.
Free Up Storage Space
One of the most common causes of slow laptops is lack of storage. There should be a healthy amount of free storage to allow for optimal functioning of any computer. As your storage fills up, there might not be enough space for processes function. So if your storage drives are filled to the brim, it’s time to free them up to boost up performance.
You can start by transferring bulky multimedia files like your photos to an external storage device or a cloud drive. Most of us don’t need access to vacation videos and selfies all the time so storing these off the laptop shouldn’t be a problem.
Then, look for those old Word or Excel documents you no longer need and delete them off your laptop. Don’t forget to empty the recycle bin to get rid of them permanently.
And don’t forget to uninstall programs that you no longer use. On Windows, you can go to the Control Panel to look up all the applications installed on your laptop. Uninstall the ones you really don’t need anymore. This should considerably free up space on your C drive and improve performance.
Get Your Laptop Serviced
When was the last time you had your fan cleaned? If it was years ago, then a clogged up fan could be causing thermal issues that affect CPU performance. Go get your machine serviced and see if the performance improves afterwards.
Troubleshoot Cooling Problems
If your slow laptop also overheats, then there’s a cooling problem that could seriously damage the machine. As mentioned above, try getting your fan cleaned. A failing fan may also cause the laptop to overheat. You may need to replace the fan to get your machine to function as normal.
Reduce the Number of Programs at Start-up
If your laptop takes a long time to boot up, the problem may be with the number of programs that need to run at start-up. You may need to turn off the “launch at start-up” feature for all but the necessary programs. On Windows 10, go to the Task Manager to look up all the programs that run at startup plus how much processing power each requires. Right click to disable all but the programs that you really do need to launch when you boot up the laptop.
In addition to the above, you can give considerable speed boost to your laptop by investing in more RAM. There is usually a considerable performance improvement by upgrading to 4GB of RAM from 2GB or 8GB from 4GB. Most people don’t need more than 8GB of RAM.