As a matter of fact all laptops will slow down at some point in time, irrespective of the model.
The demand for more speed and power in your laptop is usually necessitated by the numerous updates that your software may need from time to time.
There are numerous ways of making your laptop run faster; they can generally be divided into two major categories, namely;
- · Your unwillingness to spend any money
- · Your willingness to spend money
The second option does offer the highest improvement in the performance of the computer in question but requires some financial investment. All said and done, there are also some ways that one can use without spending any money.
What are some of the best ways of upgrading a slow computer?
If you are not keen on buying a new laptop altogether, the best route to use is to replace or upgrade certain components in the machine. Even though it will cost some money, it will cost much less than a new laptop, it has a further advantage in that you will directly impact on the performance of the laptop. Depending on the components that you want to replace and their prevailing market prices, you may consider the following;
The most common option laptop part is usually to add more memory; this is especially so if you have less than 4 Gigabytes and have Operating systems like Windows installed. In case you have a machine that uses a single module, you can easily add another one to afford your laptop with dual speed; this increases the speed. If you don’t have an empty slot, the best option is to buy new modules and replace the old ones.
If your laptop does not have a solid state hard drive that is based on flash memory, then it is high time you replaced it. This is because a flash –based hard drive does not have moving parts, this reduces the amount of power it can use and the amount of heat it generates is also greatly reduced, this increases the battery life of your laptop. The speed at which the laptop loads and boots is also increased dramatically.
The last option usually involves replacing the CPU or processor with a newer, faster, compatible model. If your laptop is a few years old, chances are that there is a faster processor in the market that is compatible with your machine; processors prices keep going down as their power goes up.
How can you improve the speed of your laptop for free?
- · This calls for some ingenuity. There are a few interesting ways that you can adopt, this includes;
- · Replacing some existing components with faster parts that have been salvaged
- · Adjusting the settings of your laptop so as to speed it up
- · Deleting and subsequently removing all unused software that may be hogging scarce resources like memory.
- · Regularly defragging and defragmenting the hard drive so as to improve its performance
- · Using your laptop appropriately
How to make your laptop run faster using salvaged parts
If you are short of cash, you can readily upgrade your computer components using parts that have been salvaged from other compatible laptops. People and organizations are always discarding computers that are still in good working condition.
Some components like the memory and processor can easily be replaced using salvaged parts. Depending on the age and make of your laptop, you may get components that are much faster and relatively more powerful than your current machine.
How to adjust the relevant settings so as to speed up your laptop
Most laptops are designed to adjust by default their running speed so as to conserve energy and power. By turning off this feature, one can drastically speed up the computer; it is worth remembering though that doing this will drain the power of your laptop much faster.
If you are using Windows and you want to change how you computer automatically adjusts its power consumption and computation speed; you go to the start option, select control panel, and then click on the power option.
Alternatively you can look at the adjustment settings in the BIOS, depending on the machine you are using; you can just press the Delete (Del) key when the computer boots up to access these settings.
How to free up memory by uninstalling all unnecessary software
Many applications that are rarely used usually tend to hog resources such as memory. It is important to regularly uninstall software that you are not using so as to free up resources such as CPU power and memory. If you have less memory available, your CPU is overworked as it has to continuously swap data in or out; this ultimately slows down your laptop. To reduce such instances it is advisable to do the following;
- · Avoid using wallpapers and those fanciful and rarely utilized graphic settings
- · Remove all applications that you don’t use.
- · Keep your laptop lean by only installing and storing necessary files and folders; avoid unnecessary down loadings especially of videos and other forms of graphics.
How and why you need to defragment your hard drive
As your computer constantly writes, reads and deletes data, the computer hard drive gets fragmented over time. At some point the drive will start taking longer to gather data that it has, thus slowing down the computer. Defragmenting refers to the process of efficiently rearranging the way data is stored in the hard drive; this improves the search and retrieval times of the hard drive, making the computer faster.
People who frequently download files and delete them in abandon or frequently install or uninstall applications in their laptops or use peer-peer file sharing programs like BitTorrent are prone to having fragmentation issues. But you need not worry as most operating systems have features that allow you to defragment the hard drive. Users of Windows can follow these simple steps;
- · In Explorer, right click on one of the local drives.
- · On the properties window that will pop up, select defragment now, then click start.
How can the environment improve the speed of your laptop?
It is advisable to use your laptop in an environment that is cool and well ventilated. Most laptops are designed to run slower once they get hot so as to offer the machine a chance to cool. Keeping your laptop in cool, shaded areas will reduce the chances of it getting hot and slowing down.
In the market, there are laptops that are designed to slow down if they are not placed in a level position; this is usually done as a precaution against damage if the laptop falls to the ground; the hard drive will automatically spin slower in case of an accidental fall thereby minimizing data loss. Always use flat and leveled surfaces with your laptop.