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, your laptop freezes and lags frequently. But don’t worry! You can fix it. This article is going to teach you how to make your laptop work faster.

Try these methods:

You don’t have to try them all, just choose the method your 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

Some programs may start automatically and run in the background when you turn on your laptop. Having too many auto-launch programs might be the reason why your laptop gets slower and slower.

Here is how to check for and disable unnecessary programs on your laptop:

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 can boot 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.

When you complete this method, you might find that your laptop starts up faster.

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.

Method 3: Free up your disk space

Laptop may slow down due to insufficient disk space on your laptop. If this is your problem, run Disk Cleanup on your laptop to free up your disk space. The more disk space available on your laptop, the faster your laptop runs.

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.

Follow the instructions below to see how to use the Disk Cleanup tool:

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 great solution to make your slow laptop faster.

Follow the instructions below to see how to defragment your hard drive:

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 might help fix the performance lag on your laptop.

Method 5: Uninstall unnecessary programs

Uninstalling programs that you seldom use can free up storage space on your laptop. Thus, your laptop is able to perform much better. 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.

Hope this method worked!

Method 6: Change your laptop’s power plan

Your laptop may slow down to save energy. If that’s your problem, changing your Power plan to High Performance might be able to speed up your laptop. Here is how:

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 can work faster after you change its power plan.

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.

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

Malware and viruses can also make your laptop run frustratingly slow and damage your laptop. It is recommended to run your antivirus software regularly to prevent such problems. Here is how:

1) Launch your antivirus software.

2) Run a full scan of your hard disk to check for viruses and malware.

This process will vary depending on different antivirus. If you don’t know how to do it, consult your antivirus documentation for instructions.

Method 9: Adjust visual effects

Visual settings such as menu fades, 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, this article helped! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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