Slow speed of a laptop or computer has been always a headache and if you’re experiencing the same, surely you’ll be thinking to buy a new. But just hold for a moment before going out and buying a brand new computer. You still have chances to speed up your computer system without making a hole in your pocket. Below a few methods are suggested to get back every ounce of performance from your sleazy system.
Switch to SSD
One of the best methods to revive the performance of the machine is to install an SSD. It’s a worthwhile attempt which has been proved a good change for most of the old machines running on different processors or running on different versions of the same processors. SSDs doesn’t have any moving parts, in comparison to older optical (spinning disk) hard drives, their speeds are superior. The only compromise you have to make is SSDs cost more per GB than mechanical hard disks.
If you don’t want to shell out on an SSD and just want to small performance improvement for multi-tasking, then upgrading RAM is a cheaper option.
If your system’s RAM is under 2GB, it will not cost too much to stick an extra few gigabytes in. Rather, it may make all the difference. Your laptop or PC won’t behave like an feeble machine if you combine a RAM upgrade with an SSD.
Use PC Cleaner program
What if your fastest hardware can get bogged down? In that case, will you spend money on pricey SSD or RAM upgrades? Sometimes the process of Windows installation is cluttered by those multiple installed programs which you never use or maybe you don’t know how they are installed or why they do exist there on your system.
So before making any second decision just make sure that your computer is not clogged up with unnecessary data. Over time, various scraps of code build up and bog down your machine resources. In that case use PC cleaning tools and utilities to hunt down and remove useless or unwanted files and extensions. Such utilities are very useful to scan and fix issues and redundancies in your PC’s registry archive, uninstall unwanted programs, find out which software file is taking up the most space on your drive, disable startup programs, and even locate duplicate files.
Defrag hard disk
HDDs disk fragmentation is one of the most common problems as the information stored on your disk may scatter because of the repetitive use of that. So it gets difficult for your system to find specific information. If you defrag your disk, it may get easier for you to recognize all your information which can be proved overall speed boosting.
Use Windows ReadyBoost
ReadyBoost is an inbuilt function in Windows Vista or later, which may boost up your computer. To give your computer a little extra memory, it lets you to use an external flash drive. It uses a portion of a USB flash drive’s memory for caching in order to improve the random read access speed of the hard drive so that regularly-used applications can be opened more quickly. The effectiveness of this method may vary and mind it that it’s useful if your computer has less than 2GB RAM and your main system drive is a mechanical HDD.
Switch to Linux OS
It’s a more useful option to revive the life of your PC and getting its speed back. Install a Linux or Ubuntu distribution. It may not be ideal for gaming, but if you perform word processing, web surfing, and such other tasks more frequent, installing Ubantu or Linux may give you a feel that you’re running a new machine.
Use alternative programs
Old PCs often show problems with graphics-intensive software and modern resource. And low power machines also create problems with some resource bogging web browsers. So in both cases, use alternative to save the life of your computer and improve its speed. Alternatively, an ad-blocker application may help you if your computer is really struggling with the computer speed as adware may push older machines over the edge most of the times.
Disable Start-up Programs
Another good idea of improving your system speed is, disable unnecessary startup programs. Because all the startup programs boot every time and run in the background as soon as you turn on your system.
To stop these programs from running automatically, open the Start menu and type ‘msconfig’ in the search box on earlier versions of Windows, it will open the system configuration menu. Windows 8 users need to open the task manager to find the list of startup programs. Switch to the ‘startup’ tab in the task manager and scroll down the list to find and disable those programs that you don’t immediately need.
Once you’ve selected all the programs which you want to disable, just click on the options Apply and OK, then reboot your PC for changes to take effect.
Turn off animations
Although fancy visual effects and animations make Windows look pretty, but they eat up a significant amount of processing power of your PC. If you turn off these features and strip out everything which is not essential, especially on old machines, the speed of your machine will be more by a considerable margin.
- To do so, just open the Start menu and typing ‘Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows’ in the search box.
- Click on the option result under Control Panel.
- Now a dialogue menu will pop up and from here you can disable flourishes and specific visual effects from the scroll menu. Or to turn off them all, you can simply select ‘adjust for best performance’.
- To finalize that everything is good to go, Click OK.