There is nothing more frustrating than a slow computer, especially a laptop. Since we can find that we need to use it immediately and suddenly we see how it jumps, the programs have a hard time loading and suddenly our brand new Intel Core or AMD Ryzen gets nostalgic and wants to play a 286. The worst of everything is that this usually happens over time and as our computer gains in years.
Is the laptop slow due to planned obsolescence or is it another phenomenon? Well, rather, it is the product of a series of factors that can be avoided by the end user and to which we often do not pay much attention. Either because we do not know them or because we do not give them importance until the moment they have already grown too much in size. That is why we are going to give you a few solutions so that your laptop stops going to pedals.
Why can a laptop go slow?
Well, there are several different factors that can cause our laptop to be slow and therefore not do its job quickly enough. Although in general they can be divided into two parts: poor maintenance and a poor choice of hardware when purchasing it. Here are some simple tips that will help you keep your laptop running as fast as possible. They do not require advanced knowledge and can be done by any user.
Insufficient technical specifications
The first of the factors that you have to look at is the specifications of your laptop to see if there is a bottleneck in the hardware that causes the speed of the laptop to be negatively affected from the factory. And it would not be the first time that due to some element in the hardware your newly acquired computer does not perform with the same ease. That is why it is better to be safe than sorry before buying any laptop.
- Look closely at the specifications, for example, that the processor of your laptop is, for example, an i7, it does not mean that its performance is high-end. It wouldn’t be the first time Intel has sold a low-power processor with a high-end name. And the same can be said in the case of AMD’s Ryzen. If you need specifications of a specific model, you only have to search for it on the CPU manufacturer’s website where you will find them in detail, especially on Intel’s.
- Single channel memory implies contention in access to RAM, higher latencies and a significant cut in performance. If a laptop has such a problem, you should know that it comes with an integrated bottleneck.
- If two models have the same specifications, but different thicknesses, then be suspicious. Look at the full specifications of each, sometimes greater energy efficiency is achieved by cutting the speed.
- If you have to choose a laptop with flash memory for storage, always NVMe SSD, it does not have to be the latest generation PCIe, but avoid those that use eMMC. And if it costs you a little more, then wait a bit and save. Of course, you will not find this problem in the case of gaming laptops.
An advice that we give and regardless of whether you are going to install an NVMe or a SATA type, if you can, install an SSD drive in your laptop. Trust us, you’re going to notice a noticeable boost in performance from your slow laptop.
Update your laptop hardware to stop it running slow
These do not have the same update capacity as a desktop, but there are two elements that unless you have a computer with LPDDR-type memory and consequently soldered to the board, then the safest thing is that you are going to have some SO- Unpopulated DIMM. So take a good look at the specifications of your computer’s RAM and buy another similar module. If you don’t know what type of RAM your computer uses, search Google for RAM and the specific model you have and you will find the exact information.
And it is not for nothing, but there are laptop models in which dual-channel memory is activated when both slots have memory installed and not just one. Therefore, expanding the RAM of a slow laptop is always a good option to gain performance. Another option is storage, if we have an empty M.2 slot, do not hesitate to install an NVMe SSD.
Startup apps make your laptop slow
For us, the best start of Windows is that it starts without any application beyond the desktop environment. Unfortunately, as we install them on our PC we find that we do not uncheck the “run at startup” box and then we have a huge queue of applications that want to start up and start consuming resources from the beginning. Among them, the worst are the ones that, with or without the user’s permission, end up continually monitoring what we do, like old net curtains in software format.
Solving the problem is simple, simply press the CTRL, ALT and DEL keys at the same time and on the screen that appears select Program Manager. After this, you will return to the previous environment, but with a new window where you will have to go to start to see all the applications that make your laptop start slow and, to top it off, they stay there running. Well, within the list that appears, right click and select disable in all the applications that you can. If there is an application that you need to have right from the start for reasons other than performance, then leave it active.
Update your computer’s drivers
In this we are going to be brief, some drivers that are not updated can cause many problems and if it is for something that new versions are released from time to time, to solve specific problems, but especially performance. That is why if your laptop is slow, our advice is to update the hardware drivers.
It’s as easy as searching for Device Manager in the taskbar search box and the Windows metadata search will take you there. If you see that there is an element that is marked in yellow, then it means that it works, but it does not perform as it should due to conflicts with the rest of the components or due to problems with the driver, so it will be necessary to update it. How? Very simple, right mouse button and select update driver in the context menu. Windows will then search its repository over the internet for the latest version of the driver for that component.
Keep both the laptop and its environment clean
The accumulated dust inside a computer caused an increase in temperature, which is fatal in laptops, since their sensors force the clock speed of the different components to drop. That is why it is very important to work in an aseptic environment that we keep it clean periodically and from time to time open the computer to clean the accumulated dust.
Use ear cleaning swabs for the most difficult areas, a dusting cloth and a compressed air spray for general cleaning. You don’t need to remove anything if you’re not sure you don’t know how to put it back together. In many computers it is enough to remove the bottom cover to run this cleaning process. Of course, do it with the battery disconnected and the laptop without external power of any kind and just in case, make sure you wear gloves against static discharges that can occur during the operation.