A laptop has become a necessity in the modern life. If you have to travel often then a laptop is mandatory to remain connected to your work, family amp; friends.
Even if you buy a top end laptop you will notice that it slows down considerably over a period of time. Sometimes this could be due to viruses or trojans but mostly it is due to other factors that most people are not aware of. Many people consider upgrading their laptop or reinstalling their operating system to speed up their laptops but you don’t have to go that far. You can do some preliminary checks and apply some tricks that can help you speed up your laptop.
Here is a list of some quick fixes that will help speed up your laptop:
1) Stop unwanted startup and background programs – When your computer starts there are host of programs that start in the background. Many of them are required for the proper running of your system but some of them are completely unnecessary. These programs hoard up the memory without contributing anything to your user experience. So make sure you don’t have unwanted programs running in the background.
You can use the msconfig utility to check for startup and background programs and then disable the ones that are not necessary.
2) Make sure you have free space in your working drive – Your operating system needs a lot of free space to run its programs. So make sure you have enough free space in your working drive; the drive in which your operating system is installed. If the free space is very less, say less than 5 percent of the total drive capacity you will notice a significant drop in your system’s performance.
To resolve this move some data to another drive or burn it to a disc. It is a good idea to have multiple drives in your hard disk and use them for different uses. For example you can use C drive for operating system related programs, D drive for other programs, E drive for data (large files, photos, videos) and so on. Apart from freeing up space it will also help you to stay organized.
3) Defragment your hard disk – If your laptop has become sluggish while opening files or running programs, defragmenting your hard disk may help.
Defragmenting is nothing but putting the house in order. When you create files and programs the computer puts their bits and pieces at random places. When you access them the computer has to gather the information from different locations of the disk which makes the process slow. When you have millions of files or programs spread across your hard disk in this way, you can imagine how slow it will be when you try to access them.
Defragmenting a drive puts all the pieces of information related to a particular program or file next to each other. This will improve the speed significantly as the computer doesn’t have to collect information from random places. It is recommended that you defragment your drive periodically say once in a month to maintain good speed of the system.