Today, we use our laptops for everything. They can be useful for work, creative projects, hobbies, and being social. In fact, most people use their laptops every day, so it’s beyond frustrating when the one thing that you always need isn’t working the way it used to. Lagging laptops, download speed, and difficulty loading even the most basic of programs could all mean that your laptop is running slow and that you’ll have to do something to fix it.
Here are the top five reasons why your laptop might be running slower than usual so you can troubleshoot without having to bring your device in for pricy repairs or lose it for a few days to a tech shop.
Too Many Programs
Depending on the model of your computer, what it’s meant for, and how old it is, your computer just might not be cut out for all the programs you’ve downloaded onto it. Computers that are bogged down with programs typically have trouble doing everything from browsing the internet to searching through files.
How to fix this: You can fix this by uninstalling the programs that you don’t want anymore off your laptop. This should be done regularly as is and if you haven’t done it in a long time, then doing it might help your laptop run faster and open up more memory space.
Not Enough Ram
If your computer has trouble accessing large files or programs, it probably doesn’t have enough RAM, or Random Access Memory to execute these tasks. Even if you have a lot of memory on your computer, if you have a lot of files and programs, you might need more ram. Fortunately, this is easy enough to get.
How to fix this: The solution could be as easy as a brand-new memory stick. If that’s not enough for you, all new memory might be the best way to go. If you can get your memory upgraded on your laptop, you might try that.
You Need to Delete Your Temporary Files
Despite being called Temporary Files, these files need to be deleted or else they’ll stay around forever. Like unused programs, they clog up storage space and make your computer lag and freeze up. Make it part of your maintenance routine to delete these useless files.
How to do this: Go to your files, then My Computer > Local Drive/Disk > Windows > Temp > If message appears saying that you do not have access, select “Continue” for temporary access. After deleting temp files, remember to delete them from your recycling bin as well. If a temp file was added within the last few days, save it as you may find that you need it.
You May Need to Run a Disk Cleanup
Disk Cleanup is super easy and one of the first things you should do. It’s like having a couple of virtual maids come in and give the place a good scrubbing just in case. That’s how you keep a tidy computer. This is a good, no-risk habit to be in and should once again, just be part of your computer’s upkeep.
How to do this: Click on the Start button and navigate to All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > from here, click on Disk Cleanup. If you own Windows 10, you can simply search for Disk Cleanup in the search bar under the Start button.
Overheating and Dust
I hate working at a desk and because my computer is perched precariously on my lap, bed, or couch constantly, it gets hot and that always makes me nervous. Like you, your computer needs to breathe. It needs air to function correctly, so let’s all just stop putting our computers on soft surfaces. Dust is also a big deal and can really slow your computer down. It might shock you just how much dust your computer has sucked right in through the vents.
How to fix this: Work at a hard surface, either a desk, table, or a lap desk. For dust, clean out your computer with a can of compressed air.
When we use our computers constantly, it can be aggravating when they don’t work as well as they used to. Luckily for us, there are simple tricks we can use to get our computers back in perfect working order. Troubleshoot your computer’s problems with these hacks. Sometimes these little things really make a difference.