Working on a slow laptop or PC is frustrating. However, before you put it aside, try the following to give your computer a boost;
1) A RAM upgrade is a good place to start. If your system has a RAM of 2GB or less, adding a few gigabytes is inexpensive and it could do the trick.
2) Switching to SSD is another way to speed up a slow computer. A modern SSD can be installed on all types of computers and usually with good results. There are no moving parts in SSDs so the read/write speeds are much better than the older optical or spinning disk hard drives. Also, you can clone your old disk and current Windows installation onto a new SSD.
3) Too many programs and apps slow down computers. Removing those that are not used will speed up a computer because different scraps of code accumulate like digital cobwebs over time. There are several utilities that search for unwanted files and extensions and remove them. CCleaner is one of them. It is free software that cleans very well.
4) An inbuilt function known as ReadyBoost can speed up computers running on Windows Vista or later. It facilitates use of an external flash drive to add memory. However, it is worth it to first try a RAM upgrade or moving to an SSD. Also, ReadyBoost is more useful in computers that have less than 2GM RAM and if the main system drive is a mechanical HDD and not an SSD.
5) If your computer has an old mechanical HDD, the problem to solve may be disk fragmentation. Repeated use can scatter the information on the hard drive so the computer takes longer to find and open files and programs. Disk defragmentation reorganizes your information which can speed up your computer significantly.
6) Disabling startup programs also works to improve speed. The programs that boot when the computer is turned on and run in the background until they are needed can be disabled and opened when they are needed.
7) You can also use alternative programs. Older computers often have a problem when it comes to modern resource and graphics software. For instance, Photoshop can really slow down a computer whereas a less intensive program known as GIMP takes up much less disk space, uses less power and doesn’t slow down a computer so much. You can also use a lightweight web browser like Firefox or Opera instead of Chrome.
8) Turning off animations is another thing that can speed up a slow computer. The fancy visual effects are nice but they make a computer slow because of all the space they take up.
9 You can also be drastic and install an alternative operating system like an Ubuntu or Linux distribution. They work for simple things like word processing, web browsing and music. These are free, easy to install and there are enough versions to suit different needs.
10) Removing malware also works. Malware is easily picked up when web browsing which it can slow down significantly. You can remove it using free software such as Spybot Search and Destroy.