When your laptop becomes slow and sluggish, many people may take that as a sign for them to buy a new laptop. In truth, sluggish netbooks are often caused by rather simple issues that can easily be fixed in a matter of minutes. So be sure to go through the checklist below before you decide to trash your laptop.
Step 1: A full hard drive may cause a slow running laptop.
Try deleting all old and unused files from your internal hard drives. You can make also make use of an external hard drive to free up some space on your laptop. In addition to that, you should also uninstall programs that you seldom (or never) use. Very often, programs take up a lot of space on your hard drive. As a rule of thumb, you should always have at least 3GB of free space on your C: drive at all time. After you have done all that, restart your laptop and see if it runs faster now.
Step 2: If your laptop is still sluggish, the next thing to do is to check if there are any software running in the background.
Expand the software tray on the right side on your windows bar (on the bottom of your screen). Check on all the programs that are running. If they are not essential, you should either uninstall them or change their setting so that they will not run on startup. Try to keep the number of start-up programs to the minimum.
Also, check if your anti-virus is running a scan. Most anti-virus programs run automatic scans, and this can slow the system down. Go to your anti-virus program’s settings page and turn off the automatic scan option. This allows you to scan your laptop only when you choose to. After you have done this, restart and see if your computer has sped up.
Step 3: If you did not witness any improvements, go to download.com and download the Ccleaner software.
This is a handy software that cleans up your laptop by removing unused files, clearing your temporary folder bins and there is also an option to clean your laptop’s registry. After you performed a ‘cleaning’ with that program, restart your computer.
Step 4: If that fails to speed up your laptop, you should then try to use the Smart Defrag software.
This software improves the fragmentation of your laptop’s hard drives. This process is known to speed up the performance of a PC dramatically. After running the software to defragment and optimize your computer, restart your system.
When all of the steps above fail, it may be a reliable indicator that it is time to replace your laptop, but before you do that, you might want to consult a computer technician first above all else.