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Looking to speed up your laptop? Check our tips on cleaning your hard drive, deleting temporary files, installing more memory, and cleaning up your system to get the most out of your laptop.
Cleaning your disk will remove files that are no longer needed and can be safely deleted. It also deletes temporary files and empties the Recycle Bin.
To perform a Disk Clean up, follow the procedure below:
A clean hard disk will allow your computer to find files faster
Many computers come with programs and apps pre-installed; you might not even know they’re on your laptop. Or, you downloaded an app that you don’t use any more. Deleting these programs can free up disk space so it’s faster for your system to find the files you want.
To uninstall programs, follow these steps:
The computer will not show the Uninstall option for programs that are necessary to run the system.
Computers can also come with programs set to start automatically in the background. These can be programs you want and use occasionally, but not start automatically.
To prevent programs from starting automatically, follow this procedure:
Depending on how many programs you prevent from starting automatically, you should see a faster start up time. After start up, there will also be an increase in speed because you’ve freed up resources that are no longer running these programs in the background.
Every time you visit a site on the internet, a temporary file can be installed. After you’ve left the site, these files are no longer needed. They continue to take up room on your storage drive, so deleting them will free up space.
Follow these instructions to delete your temporary files:
With the freed-up space, your storage drive will be able to find your files faster.
If your laptop has a hard drive (HDD), consider changing it for a solid state drive (SSD). An SSD can speed up your everyday tasks by up to six times.1 SSDs use flash memory to eliminate the moving parts present in HDDs, allowing the computer to find files faster.
For laptops, SSDs are more durable and energy-efficient. Most laptop makers are using SSDs for new laptops because they are more durable, lighter weight, and use less battery power than hard drives.
If you aren’t ready to upgrade to an SSD, you can also purchase an external hard drive that plugs into your laptop with a USB cable. Using an external drive will also allow you to easily transfer large files between computers.
Laptops with insufficient memory can struggle to keep up with even the simplest tasks. Follow these steps to see how much RAM is currently installed in your computer, and if your computer will benefit from adding more.
You can then use this link to find out if your computer needs more memory.
If your laptop uses a hard drive, it might need to be defragged. Because HDDs access information sequentially, having information in multiple places (fragments) increases the time the drive takes to access the information. Defragmenting (defragging) your hard drive moves data that is on the drive into a logical formation, making it quicker to access. Find out how to defragment your hard drive.
One of the most overlooked ways to speed up your laptop is to clean it. When dust collects in the fan it obstructs air flow and causes the computer to overheat, the system automatically reduces performance to stay cooler. Besides wiping off the keyboard and case, use compressed or canned air to blow dust out of the fan vents. Use short bursts of air to avoid damaging the fans.
If you’re trying to make your laptop run faster, these simple tips can do the trick. Cleaning your disk, uninstalling unused programs, preventing programs from starting automatically, deleting temporary files, installing a solid state drive, adding an external drive, adding more RAM, defragging the hard drive, and removing dust.
1. On select systems.
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