Improve Your Laptop Performance – DIY
Everyone would like a fast laptop that does not crash every few minutes. But after a while, your laptop slows down and you have to compromise on the performance. Cleaning up a laptop not only boost your performance but also offers lot of progress in terms of speed. If you follow the 8 simple steps below, you can clean your laptop yourself within 1 or 2 hours.
Reduce startup programs
When installing new programs, there is often a small box that is marked by default: “run at startup”. So be careful while installing new software or installing updates. These programs eagerly use your laptop’s memory (CPU), which can significantly slow down the startup.
Check Memory Usage or Programs
By pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete at startup and then selecting the “Task Manager” you can see which programs uses lots of memory. You can then uncheck the box “run at startup” in these programs, often under the heading “settings”. An alternative way is that, you can use CCleaner for this. With this you can very easily disable the startup programs that you do not need immediately. Be careful not to disable your antivirus program!
Scan your laptop for malware
Does your laptop suddenly slows down even while you are not working on it? Is it not responding quickly or taking so long to access the internet? Then it is possible that your computer has been infected with malware, spyware or a virus. To prevent suspicious attacks, we always recommend installing an antivirus program that is up-to-date and is capable to fix such issues. However, a paid antivirus program is more proactive in updating and scanning malware. ESET Smart Security has been voted best tested antivirus program 5 times in a row.
Upgrade your operating system
It makes no sense to reinstall an old operating system on a new or improved laptop. Installing Windows 8 or 10 will cause an overall increase in the speed of your laptop depending on the hardware. You may be limited in installing a new operating system because there are no drivers available for the motherboard or other peripherals. Always check this first.
Upgrade your laptop with an SSD
To give your laptop a real boost, you can also consider installing a SSD (Solid-State hard drive). SSDs have no moving parts and are fully electronic. An SSD is many times faster than a normal hard disk, with the advantage that your favorite programs start much faster. This makes a big difference, especially with the start-up of your laptop. Often an SSD is also a part that we advise most when you want to get the most out of your laptop. After installing and installing an SSD, your laptop usually starts up within 10 seconds and your laptop also shuts down within seconds. All programs will also start faster due to the SSD, a good example is your smartphone. With one click on an app, in most cases it starts up within a few seconds and you can use the app.
Add more memory (RAM)
This issue is not limited to windows laptop. Whether you are using MacBook, Macbook Pro or any other laptop, adding more RAM is always good option to start with. Check if you have Installing extra slot to install another RAM in your laptop. If you have recently bought a new or refurbished Macbook Pro with 4GB RAM and still not satisfied with the performance, then you can easily upgrade the RAM. It is always recommended to fill both memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot. This way you can open multiple programs at the same time. Increasing the amount of RAM improves your laptop’s boot speed and overall performance.
Remember: Some newer models of Mac don’t allow you to upgrade the RAM yourself. So check before you buy a new MacBook or any laptop whether it is upgradeable or not.
Delete “cookies” and “temporary browser cache files”
Cookies and temporary internet files take up memory which can result in a slow laptop. You can delete cookies and temporary internet files in the settings of your browser. An alternative and a free program that you can use for this is CCleaner.
Make your laptop dust free
Laptops generate heat, after a while you should feel your laptop blowing warm air from the bottom. The heat will heat up your laptop’s processor. As a result, it can no longer perform optimally. So clean the fans of your laptop every six months so that the laptop can continue to breathe cold air and blow the warm air out again.