Working or gaming with a slow laptop can be extremely irritating. It may take ages for your laptop to launch a program or load a website. Or in some cases, the laptop freezes and lags frequently. But don’t worry! You can fix it. This article will show you how.

Try these methods:

You don’t have to try them all. Just choose the method you need.

  1. Disable startup programs
  2. Repair bad sectors on your drive
  3. Free up your disk space
  4. Defragment your hard drive
  5. Uninstall unnecessary programs
  6. Change your laptop’s power plan
  7. Update drivers for your devices
  8. Scan for malware and viruses
  9. Adjust visual effects

Method 1: Disable startup programs

Having too many auto-launch programs can affect your laptop’s performance. These programs will start automatically when your laptop turns on, hogging your resources and slowing down your laptop.

So, you should check for and disable unwanted startup programs on your laptop. Here is how:

If you’re on Windows 7…

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type msconfig. Then, select msconfig.

2) Click Startup.

3) Uncheck the box next to the program that you don’t need to launch automatically at startup.

Only deselect programs that you know that you don’t need to launch automatically at startup. You should keep your antivirus launching automatically for safety.

4) Click OK. Then, restart your laptop.

Hopefully, your laptop boots faster than before.

If you’re on Windows 8 or 10…

1) On your keyboard, press the Shift, Ctrl and Esc keys at the same time to open Task Manager.

2) Click Startup. Then, right-click the program you want to prevent it from opening on startup and select Disable.

Only disable programs that you know that you don’t need to launch automatically at startup. You should keep your antivirus launching automatically for safety.

3) Restart your laptop.

Your laptop should be able to start faster after disabling the auto-startup programs.


Method 2: Repair bad sectors on your drive

To prevent your laptop from slowing down, you should check your hard disk and repair bad sectors regularly. Here is how to do it:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time.

2) Right-click your C drive and select Properties.

3) Click Tools, and then click Check.

4) Click Scan drive.

5) Wait for your laptop to scan the disk for errors, detect and mark bad sectors.

Hope this helped!


Method 3: Free up your disk space

Insufficient disk space could also cause your laptop to slow down. Try running Disk Cleanup on your laptop to free up your disk space to see if that fixes your issue. Follow the instructions below to see how to do it:

What is Disk Cleanup?
Disk Cleanup is a Microsoft built-in utility that allows you to get rid of the temporary and unnecessary files on your laptop.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type disk cleanup.

2) Check all the boxes to select the file types to get rid of. Then, click OK.

You can delete all temporary files and unnecessary system files by running Disk Cleanup monthly. This may be able to speed up your laptop.


Method 4: Defragment your hard drive

Defragmenting your hard drive is also a solution to try when your laptop starts slowing down. Follow the instructions below to see how to do it:

If you’re on Windows 7…

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type defragment.

2) Select Disk Defragmenter.

3) Select your C drive and click Defragment disk.

4) Apply this method for all the drives.

Hope this worked in improving your system performance.


If you’re on Windows 8 or 10…

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type defragment.

2) Select Defragment and Optimize Drivers.

3) Select your C drive and click Optimize.

4) Apply this method for all the drives. This should fix the performance lag on your laptop.


Method 5: Uninstall unnecessary programs

Uninstalling unused programs can free up your storage space and make your laptop run faster. Here is how to make it:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control Panel.

2) Select Uninstall a program.

3) Right-click the program that you don’t use and select Uninstall.

Only uninstall those programs that you don’t use anymore. Don’t remove any program that you are not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your laptop.

Method 6: Change your laptop’s power plan

The power plan on all computers is set to Balanced by default to save more energy, so your laptop sometimes will slow down to save energy. In this case, changing the power setting to High Performance might be able to speed up your laptop. Here is how to do it:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control panel.

2) Under View by, click Large icons.

3) Select Power Options.

4) Select High Performance.

Hopefully, your laptop runs faster now.


Method 7: Update drivers for your devices

One of the most common causes of the performance lag on your laptop is outdated or faulty drivers. It’s essential that you have the latest correct drivers for your hardware devices. There are two ways you can get the right drivers for your devices: manually or automatically.

Manual driver update – You can update drivers manually by going to the manufacturer website for each of your devices, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your Windows version.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your devices, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the driver you want to update to automatically download the correct version of this driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Method 8: Scan for malware and viruses

Malicious software on your computer, including viruses, spyware, and ransomware, can also cause your laptop to slow down. To see if that’s the problem for you, try running your malware remover to detect if there is any malware on your laptop.

If you don’t have any malware remover on your computer, try installing MalwarebytesIt can detect and fix computer problems caused by malware automatically. (You can try it out free for 14 days.) Follow the instructions below to see how to do it:

1) Download and install Malwarebytes.

2) Run Malwarebytes, and then click the Scan Now button to start scanning your computer.

3) Wait for the process to be complete. If there is any malware on your computer, follow the on-screen instructions to remove it.

If no malware is detected, that means your problem is not caused by malware. Check the method below.


Method 9: Adjust visual effects

Visual settings such as menu fade, animation effects, and transparency settings can also be a drag on your laptops’ performance. Follow the steps below to adjust visual effects:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and E at the same time.

2) Right-click on the blank area and select Properties.

3) Click Advanced system settings.

4) Click Settings.

5) Select Adjust for best performance and click OK.

Your laptop might perform faster after you turn off all the visual effects.

So, that’s all the recommended methods to speed up your laptop. Hopefully, you would find this article helpful! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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