Do you have a laptop that is starting to get under the weather? In this article, I reveal all the upgrades and tweaks that you can use to give your system a new lease of life.
After you have had your laptop for some time, it’s natural for it to not run as fast as it originally did. Maybe you went out and acquired a new laptop, but aren’t too happy with how fast it is. Whether your laptop is physically old, or just a little underpowered, it’s always a good idea for you to look at the many software teaks and upgrades that you can use to help carry your system along.
Below are 5 ways that you can use, right now, to get the most out of your laptop computer.
- Remove Bloatware
Bloatware is essentially unwanted software that comes with all brand new laptop computers, that only serves to slow it down. What you want to do is, ask yourself, whether having it on your laptop is necessary. Many of these applications and games, will run in the background and take away precious resources while doing so.
There are tools that you can use to help you remove all the bloatware from your computer, so I recommend you look out for one of them.
- Limit Start-up Programs
A great many programs on your computer, are designed to load, during system boot up. The developers of these applications, will configure them to run in the background, so you won’t see them, and so they open up, much faster, when you double click on their icons. That’s great, for the programs that you use a lot, but for the programs that you rarely ever use, all it ends up doing is consuming much needed resources, slowing down the computer in the process.
The good news, is that it is possible for you to determine which programs load up, during system boot up, which do not.
You will need to check the AutoRuns for your operating system, to see which programs are configured to run when the system starts up. There is an actual tool, that goes by that very name (free of course), that you can download, from Microsoft and use to show you this exact information, so I recommend you check that out. Through this Microsoft tool, it’s possible for you to stop a program from running, simply by un-ticking a box next to the corresponding program. If you’re an advanced user, then you should be on this.
- Use an OS Clean-up Tool
When you want to make your laptop faster, the first thing you’ll want to do is find a program that is capable of searching through all the files and folders that you use.
Web browser cache, temporary files, cookies and the like, are all capable of slowing down your system, making it run considerably slower. One program that is most commonly used is Ccleaner.
This tool, and many others like it, are capable of removing junk from your computer, while scanning and repairing the registry. Many of these tools can also be used for additional functions, like removing a program and even your start-up items.
- Defrag Your Hard Drive
Mechanical hard drivers suffer from fragmentation, all the time, however, if you have a solid state disk, then you don’t need to do this.
Fragmentation is when files on a hard drive are scattered all across it, making the hard drive have to work harder when attempting to load a file or application. When you defrag a hard drive, you’re essentially getting all these files and putting them together, in order to increase access time.
To defrag a hard drive, you can choose, either to use the built in tool that comes with Windows or invest in a third-party solution. The third-party tools, typically come with additional functions, like SMART defrag, which, not only puts all the data together, but also groups the data, so that all data for a specific application is together.
ReadyBoost is a built in Windows tool that was first introduced with Windows Vista. It works by using your flash drive as additional memory.
Definitely not as good as buying a solid state drive, or physically adding more RAM into your computer, ReadyBoost is still capable of improving the overall performance of your computer. A portion of the flash drive is put aside, for things like caching, and assistance for opening applications faster.
In order to use ReadyBoost, just purchase a USB drive, put it into your computers USB slot, and configure it. If the USB drive has the correct features, then you will be given the option to use it for Windows caching.
However, if it lacks the appropriate attributes, you will not be able to use it, so it’s very important that you ensure you purchase the right kind of USB drive if you want to use this feature.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website https://www.compuchenna.co.uk.