Has the speed of your laptop slowed down to a crawl? You may be at a loss as to why this could be happening. This was a machine that used to help you get tasks executed at amazing speeds. What has now gone wrong? Several factors could be responsible for this slowdown and this means different approaches may be used to keep your laptop fast as new. Here are some tips you can work with.
Ensure you have sufficient storage space
The gradual slowdown in laptop performance has been associated to diminishing storage space. As you add more files and programs, the available storage space reduces. This affects speed because your operating system also uses this free space to run. It is recommended that your laptop uses no more than 85 percent of its storage drive capacity at any time. If it has used more than this, you will need to delete all unnecessary programs and files as well as temporary files to free more space. A Disk Cleanup tool in Windows helps in this regard. You could also consider installing a larger storage drive.
Turn off redundant background processes
Numerous processes are on in the background every time you work on your laptop. Some of these are essential for proper functioning, while others are not. These background processes can take up your system memory and cause a slowdown. You need to end unnecessary, resource-consuming processes to improve speed. This can be done from the Task Manager in Windows (depending on version) or via Activity Monitor on a Mac computer. Make sure you know what each process does before ending it.
Restrict startup programs
Some of the programs you have on your laptop start automatically whenever you boot, even though you may not need them to be open. These can cause slow performance. It is helpful to specify programs you need to launch on every startup. Ideally, these should only be programs that are essential to the health or normal working of your laptop. You can make selections using the “Login Items” under “Users and Groups” in Mac or Task Manager’s Startup tab in Windows.
The slow performance of your notebook may be as a result of low system memory. Random Access Memory (RAM) serves as temporary storage memory for programs you use. Speed will be affected if you use many programs at the same. You should consider adding more RAM to your laptop, unless you are content with using just a few programs at a time.
Defragment your hard drive
If you have had your laptop for a while and it uses a hard drive, drop in speed may be as a result of a fragmentation. Files become fragmented or scattered in non-contiguous clusters after a while. This causes your hard drive to work overtime every time you need to use these files, resulting in slow performance. Defragmentation helps to re-order these files for maximum efficiency. You can do this using the inbuilt tool in Windows – newer versions of the OS can do this automatically – or you can make use of a third-party defrag tool.
You could get a boost in speed by simply restarting your laptop or disabling visual effects. If your notebook uses a mechanical hard drive, you can enjoy awesome speeds – even better than when your machine was still new – by upgrading to a solid-state drive.
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