How to Make Your Laptop Faster and Louder – Tired of undesired slowdowns? Before throwing the computer through the window, there are several manipulations to try to give back a second youth to his PC.
Warning: Some procedures may cause problems if they are poorly controlled. If in doubt, it is better to abstain.
1. Doing housework
First of all, it is necessary to make a small diagnosis of the computer. It is considered that a PC needs at least 15% free space on the hard drive to function properly. A right-click then properties on the disk will give an idea of its eventual saturation.
If it overflows, all that remains is to delete files to make room.
For this (and it applies to all users), you have to identify the installed programs that are no longer useful. Direction Control Panel then programs and features (or uninstall a program). It is now a question of locating the software and disinstalling them properly, following the procedure, to avoid leaving files behind. If in doubt, it is better to leave the program that can possibly be used to run the operating system.
2. Hunt for unnecessary files
There are a myriad of files hanging on computers: shortcuts without destination or orphaned files. By accumulating them, they take up space and resources. To get rid of it, you have to download the little program CCleaner, a reference of the kind, that will do the housework.
It can also clean up Internet browsers that tend to keep the history and cache of Web pages, slowing down the whole thing.
3. Check what starts at startup
Starting the computer is often symptomatic of what is happening in its bowels. A long and laborious launch is tedious but can be improved simply by checking the programs that start automatically at startup. To do a small exam, you must press the Start key and type msconfig and then validate. A window will open and in the Startup tab, it is better to uncheck all the boxes associated with unnecessary programs for the launch.
In the same way, by pressing CTR + ALT + DELETE, then on Task Manager, it is possible to see all the programs that are running in the background and therefore use the computer’s resources. In the Processes tab, they are all listed with their “weight” on the ram. It is possible to close them in this way.
4. Update its antivirus and use it
An antivirus, especially on a PC, is an indispensable ally against slowdowns. It is therefore necessary to do regular scans and especially to update the software because they will not be effective, otherwise. Some are paying, others like Avast or Avira are free.
Once the viruses have been removed, there are often other malicious programs present. Less dangerous but just as annoying, they can be destroyed thanks to Glary utilities software that will be tracking spyware.
5. Defragment the hard drive
By dint of deleting and installing programs, the hard drive barely organizes it all. To help it, it is possible to defragment it in order to properly rearrange whatever it contains. To get started, right-click on the disk then properties and on the Tool tab, click Optimize and defragment the drive. This will allow you to reduce the distance that the computer must traverse to access a data. Attention, it can take time and will consume a lot of energy, the time of the procedure. The Smart Defrag 2 software allows the same process but maintains a good running speed to continue using the PC.
6. Remove unnecessary animations
The latest versions of Windows are very greedy in animations to make navigation more fluid and enjoyable. But often slower too. A good method is to disable these animations. Right-click on the desktop then Customize, window color and uncheck enable transparency.
7. Format the disc
To the great evils, the great remedies. If the computer saturates, then maybe it’s time to give it a new youth by making a clean slate of the PC. It will be to empty the hard drive (be careful to keep your data well apart, before proceeding to formatting because it destroys everything) and reinstall Windows. A second Life. To get there, you can follow this very complete tutorial.
8. Change hard Drive
If the previous steps do not work, it is now necessary to invest in equipment. The new programs are getting more and more greedy and computers that have many years struggling to keep up with the pace. A first idea is to invest in a SSD hard drive, the latest technology. If it is more expensive, it goes much faster and saves time. In addition, they consume less energy. It is also possible to use a SSD just for the system and keep a disk of the classic for storage.
9. Add RAM
Another way to gain speed is to increase memory. It is the one that helps speed up the processes and the costs of the Barretts remain lower than a state of the art SSD. It is easy to double or quadruple its ram for a hundred euros.
10. Changing your computer
Sometimes you have to say goodbye to your machine, too old, too tired and too worn to get to the page. A gentle disconnection may allow him to have a well-deserved retreat at a school or simply to be recycled.
Bonus: “I have a Mac”
Because there are not only PCs in life, here are some tips for relieving a Mac:
-MacClean allows to make a good housekeeping to remove unnecessary files
-To prevent certain programs from activating on startup, go to system then preferences, accounts and aperture.
-In the terminal, type the purge command to immediately release memory.