The laptop is one of the most popular gadgets on the planet. It’s portable, and it can fit in your bag and go with you everywhere, and depending on what you’re doing with it, it can be a high-speed machine. But sometimes, even the best laptops slow down to a crawl due to harmful software or hardware issues that need addressing immediately. In this article, we’ll look at some common causes of laptop slowdowns and how you can fix them quickly so you get back to work!
Check Your Internet Connection
The first step to diagnosing laptop slowdowns is checking your internet connection. You may have a lightning-fast router, but if you’re connecting via wifi or Ethernet, the speed of those connections can be affected by many factors. For example, if you’ve got 2Mbps download speeds and are getting a maximum of 0.5MBps on some days, that will significantly affect your computer’s performance.
For example, I recently switched from AT&T DSL (no wireless) to Comcast Cable Internet with wifi, and my laptop suddenly became much faster! Even though we were paying more for the new ISP, it was worth it because everything felt better after switching providers.*
- Note: Some ISPs might throttle certain types of traffic due to network congestion issues, so this may not always be true for everyone who switches ISPs (mainly if they use the same provider).
Free up Space on Your Hard Drive
The first step to speeding up your laptop is freeing up space on your hard drive. To do this, you will need to find out how much space is available on your hard drive and then delete any unnecessary files that are taking up space. To find out how much free space is left on your computer, open File Explorer (the Windows file manager). Then select This PC from the menu bar on the left side of the window.
In this view, you’ll see all your devices listed down the left side; click on each one until you reach “Disk C.” Here, select Properties from its context menu and then choose Disk Cleanup from within its Properties menu. Here’s where you can quickly clean things up by deleting old temporary files and other clutter accumulated over time without having to go through folders looking for them manually—you may have been storing photos online rather than locally for years without realizing it!
Determine if You Need More Memory
If your computer is running slowly, you should first check the performance of your hard drive. To do this, open Task Manager and check the Disk tab. Here, you can see a breakdown of how much space is being used by each file on your system drive (usually where Windows lives).
If you have more than one hard drive—if there’s an SSD in addition to a regular HDD—you’ll want to look at both drives separately. If they’re both full or nearly complete, that could be contributing to slowdowns even if nothing else looks like it would explain the slowness. YIn addition, you may need more memory or even delete some files from those drives (try using a program like CCleaner for this).
Suppose neither of these steps helps speed up your laptop considerably after trying them for several days with no results. In that case, it’s time to move on to another stage: checking CPU usage and graphics card activity levels onscreen while playing games or using programs that heavily tax both elements (such as Adobe Creative Suite). This should tell us which area(s) need upgrading so we can start working through our options accordingly!
Remove Programs You Don’t Use
The first thing you should do is remove programs you don’t use. For example, if you have a program taking up space and not getting much use, consider removing it.
If you’re unsure what programs are on your computer, open up the Control Panel in Windows or System Preferences on Mac. Then, click Programs & Features or Applications and look for any programs checked to run at startup but aren’t currently running. These are unnecessary items hanging around, slowing down your laptop!
To determine if these programs are being used (or needed), open the Task Manager in Windows by pressing ctrl+shift+esc and clicking on Startup under Processes; this will tell you which applications have been opened recently (if any).
Clean Up Program Files and Folders
If you’re looking to get a little more out of your laptop, cleaning up the files and folders you don’t use often is highly recommended. This will free up storage space on your hard drive for more important things, like games or movies!
If you are using a Macbook Pro or similar laptop, there’s an easy way to have something like this done for you: go into “System Preferences” and click “Storage & Backup.” You will see a list of everything taking up space on your computer, including apps, documents, and photos but also temporary files from browsing the internet (which add up quickly!). Click one item at a time until it has been deleted. If any data cannot be deleted because it is needed for other programs to run correctly (like antivirus software), then move those files into another folder so they won’t clutter up things anymore! What happens when we delete these old files? Well… nothing really — except now we have less clutter which means faster access times when searching through our computers’ contents!
Use a Disk Defragmenter Tool to Optimize Your Hard Drive
If you’re using a Windows laptop, the best tool to optimize your hard drive is the built-in Disk Defragmenter. You can find it in Control Panel or search for it using Cortana. (If you’re using third-party software like CCleaner, don’t use its built-in disk defragmenter.)
Once installed, you must open the program and select your target drive from the list of available drives. Then click “Optimize” and let it take care of things!
Slow Laptops Can Be Sped Up
You’re not alone if you’re having trouble with your laptop. Slowdowns happen to everyone and can be frustrating, but they don’t have to be permanent. By taking the time and effort to fix your computer’s speed, it should become faster than ever—and that’s something we all want for our laptops.
Here are some tips on how to get started:
- First things first: check for viruses and malware on your computer. This can often cause issues with slowdowns and system crashes, so it should be the first thing you do when troubleshooting a slow laptop (or any other PC). next, you can run a virus scan using an antivirus program like AVG o McAfee. If no viruses are detected after running these scans, proceed to step two!
In summary, your laptop is a valuable tool you use daily. However, when it’s slow, it can be frustrating and time-consuming. However, if you follow the steps I’ve outlined above, you should be able to speed up your computer in no time!