Laptops are notorious for slowing down with age. From software glitches to bugs that lead to your device not being as responsive as before, maintaining a laptop can feel like a pain sometimes. This leads to the question – how to make your laptop faster?
Here are a few methods you can employ to increase the speed of your laptop:
– Clean up your drives/cache.
– Service your laptop / clean it up.
– Increase your RAM.
– Upgrade your SSD.
– Format your operating system.
– Clean up your storage space.
– Set your laptop to high-performance mode.
In this article, we will discuss each of the points above in detail and will ensure that by the end of your readthrough, your laptop will be much faster than before!
Clean Up Your Drives / Cache
If you have been using your laptop for a while, temporary files and junk can dramatically slow down your laptop. While yes, you may not have downloaded files that may have led to this happening, it still is a common occurrence.
Therefore, if your laptop does slow down, downloading a program like CCleaner and letting it run through its course can help bring your laptop back up to speed.
Service Your Laptop / Cleanup
Laptops consist of a few mechanical parts like fans that can lose their efficiency over time if not taken care of. Moreover, heat dissipation isn’t all that great in a laptop in the first place. Couple that with a clogged-up fan, and you are in for thermal throttling.
When your laptop thermal throttles, it reduces the energy it supplies to your GPU and CPU. With lower energy, your components generate less heat. Since your laptop can’t handle all the heat due to poor ventilation, this is a surefire way to ensure your laptop doesn’t burn itself.
If you haven’t opened up your laptop before or are inexperienced, we recommend consulting with a professional or having them service your laptop instead. A broken wire or circuit can lead to irreversible damage.
In return, you get a machine that’s not performing optimally and is quite slow. To make your laptop faster, you must open it up and thoroughly clean your fans. While you are at it, make sure to repaste your GPU and CPU.
Increase Your RAM
If Chrome turns out to be your biggest enemy when you open up your laptop and can’t seem to get your work done without your laptop hogging down, you might just be chewing on more than your laptop’s memory can bite.
To check whether you need more RAM, here’s what you can do:
- Open the Task Manager with
- Now, head to “Memory”.
- When you open applications, keep a lookout for your overall usage.
- If your memory often jumps up to 100%, your laptop doesn’t have enough RAM.
There are two solutions to help make your laptop faster in these instances. The first one is to open up fewer programs/tabs at once. This helps ensure your RAM stays within limits and does not slow your computer down.
Another option is to increase your laptop’s overall memory capacity. If you haven’t done so already, the chances are that you already have an expansion slot handy just for that purpose. Before you go into inserting new modules though, make sure that it is compatible with your laptop. You can do so by checking the manufacturer’s website.
Upgrade Your SSD
Laptops from a few years ago used to have spinning mechanical hard drives that weren’t known for their speed. With the advent of SSDs, that radically changed, with SATA-equipped laptops paving the way.
In the past five years, though, NVMe has become the defacto standard for speed. More often than not, laptops slow down on modern programs simply because they lack the disk transfer rates to load programs efficiently.
To make your laptop faster, you’ll need to upgrade your SSD. Generally, if you have a SATA SSD, we recommend an NVMe. If you are stuck with a hard disk, you can go for either as you’ll see a massive increase in speed and performance either way.
Get A Fresh Reinstall Of Your OS
Your operating system acts as the intermediate between your actual hardware and the programs you use. While cleaning up your drives and cache might end up doing the trick, sometimes, that takes up a lot more effort and time than you’d expect.
Before resetting your operating system, ensure you have backed up everything, as your primary system partition will be erased. You can opt to have all other partitions remain the same.
In those cases, getting a fresh reinstall of your OS is a quick way to speed your laptop up. This is especially true if you haven’t been very keen on updating your operating system recently or have tons of junk files / temporary files.
Clean Up Your Storage Space
Your computer, when running, stores temporary files both in your RAM and on your storage medium. When you are running low on space on either your SSD or your HDD, this is primarily because your computer isn’t able to store all the temporary files it needs to.
Moreover, if you have an extremely filled-up disk, your data (aptly divided into fragmented partitions) takes a long time to access compared to a fairly empty disk. As a general rule of thumb, never let your occupied storage space exceed 90% of its total capacity. If it does, you risk slowing down your laptop.
To make your laptop faster, we recommend cleaning up your storage space free of any documents/images/games/videos that are redundant. The easiest way to do so instead of prowling through file explorer is to download a program like WinDirStat. With it, you can easily get a bird’s eye view of your partition and find out what files are taking up the most storage.
Set Your Laptop To High-Performance Mode
If you haven’t done this, you are in for an absolute treat! Unlike PCs, laptops have a limited supply of current and voltage to work with. With fleeting battery life, manufacturers tend to throttle the CPU and GPU to ensure the laptop doesn’t run out of juice in a single hour.
However, as a downside, you gain decreased performance that doesn’t cut it, especially when gaming or doing more demanding tasks such as video rendering. So, to make your laptop faster, you can set your laptop to always run in High-Performance mode, which removes all these throttles.
Always put your laptop on charge before you perform a demanding task. Even if you set it in High-Performance mode, there still will be slight throttling.
Here’s how you can set your laptop in high-performance mode:
- Open the Control Panel.
- Head over to “Hardware and Sound” > “Power Options”.
- Once there, select “High Performance” as your preferred plan
With all the steps mentioned above, your laptop should be back up to its normal speed and much faster sometimes. Case in point, if your laptop has run through its course and is relatively old, it is possible that most of these fixes won’t make much of a difference due to your laptop’s age.