It’s no secret that laptops seem to get slower and out-dated rather quickly these days. Without regular upgrading, users might find their laptop grinding to a snail’s pace before the machine physically breaks. So how can you speed up your laptop?
For those users who don’t want to splash out on annual upgrades, giving your computer a regular tweak might just save you from the frustrations of a slow laptop.
Here are few tips on how you can speed up a laptop:
Delete Old Files
Unused documents clutter your computer making the process of searching for files difficult and prolonged.
Think of your Hard Drive like a filing cabinet, if you stuff too many files in there, it’s far harder to find what you want. Your computer acts exactly the same.
To ease the load, delete your old files that are of no use anymore. Video and audio files take up more room than documents so look to remove them first. Just be careful not to delete anything that’s critical to running the system, as it may affect how the computer works.
Stop unused Background Programmes
To keep things moving quickly, Windows often allows programmes to run in the background without your knowledge. Many background programmes are essential to running your computer, but some automatically start without really needing to be there.
These can take up vital processing power which in turn would slow how quickly your computer runs. Things like Skype, Outlook, games, Office software and Dropbox often automatically start when you boot up, if you don’t restrict them.
To stop these programmes opening automatically you need to open the “Task bar”, located in the bottom right of the screen (usually a little arrow or “hidden icons”), the applications can then usually be stopped individually by right clicking the icons.
Uninstall Unused Programs
Laptops come pre-installed with a heap of programs you’ll never use, like photography software, webcam editors and messengers. You probably don’t even know half of them exist, so it can be prudent to clear up the space by uninstalling the ones you’ll never use. Again like critical files, try not to uninstall anything that is integral to actually running the computer.
Remove the Junk
If you deleting a document from a folder, it has not disappeared forever. Most files are usually just moved to the Recycle Bin as a final stage before total deletion.
To get rid of them completely(ish), empty your recycling bin regularly. This technique will only speed up a computer if the hard drive is nearly full. But every little counts.
Windows has a built-in programme for de-cluttering your hard drive called “Disk Cleanup”. It essentialy scans the computer for dormant or unnecessarily large files, sweepings them away so they don’t take up space.
Run a Disk Defragment
Traditionally computers store file data in separate block or chunks of space on the hard disk. When saving, the data is often not filed particularly efficiently, meaning the data ends up taking more room than necessary like a badly packed Tetris game
Running a “disk defragment” tidies everything up, groups programmes together and packs data tighter on the disk.
Upgrading your components
This option has the maximum effect but does mean you need to get inside the computer and add components. This can be easy on a desktop but many laptops are not designed as easy access, with some requiring specialist tools.
Upgrading a processer, adding a SSD Hard Drive or inserting more RAM memory will certainly make the computer more powerful, but it will cost money. If you do upgrade, make sure the parts are compatible with yourindividual computer and operating system.