10 Ways to Make Your Laptop Run Faster

10 Ways to Make Your Laptop Run Faster

There is nothing more frustrating than your computer locking up, freezing, or just being pokey, especially if the client is patiently waiting for the presentation or the paper is due.  Laptops are extremely accessible to everyone, yet if only the knowledge to keep them optimized was that easy to come by.   

These 10 tips are simple things you can do to make your laptop run faster.

  1.  Start with a disk cleanup.  There are several ways to access this, but one is to click on the Start Program>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleanup.  This will allow you to delete temporary Internet Files, Offline Files, the recycling bin, and other types of unnecessary files. 
  2. Through the Control Panel, go to Internet Tools and delete cookies and history.  This can take several minutes if it hasn’t been done in awhile.
  3. Disk Defragment.  You can access this the same way as a disk cleanup, but select disk defragmenter instead.  Many programs allow you to schedule a time to do this application, as it can take several minutes or several hours depending on how much work is to be done. 
  4. Malware or Spyware are big offenders of slowing down laptops.  Installing and running an anti-malware or anti-virus program and running it regularly will often times make a tremendous difference. 
  5. Check your power management by accessing the Control Panel.  Select power management and then Maximum or Best Performance.  If you use your battery pack rather than being plugged in it will drain quickly, but will give you optimal speed. 
  6. From the Control Panel, go to Add or Remove programs.  Remove programs that you know you are not using.  This can be a daunting task, since some programs affect others, and therefore you may want to know what’s important before you remove it.
  7. Check the memory usage of your computer.   You may need to add more random access memory (RAM) to store memory, rather than using disk space that is slower in all cases.
  8. Consider using registry software cleaner or repair program.  There are many good ones out there such as ccleaner.com or registryfix.com.  These will identify and repair problems within the registry.
  9. New computers that use Windows Vista can be slowed down by excess animation.  It is possible to turn it off by going to the Control Panel>System and Maintenance>Performance Information and Tools>Advanced Tools.  Then select Adjust the Appearance and Performance of Windows.  The Performance Options box will prompt, and if you select Custom, then uncheck Animate Windows when Maximazing and Minimizing.  You can consider other options as well, but this definitely pep it up.
  10. Use an external hard drive to store all music, photos and games.  It can be unplugged and used with multiple computers, and will save valuable space.

These ten tips are proven ways to get that computer moving and prevent untimely frustration.  By utilizing some or all, you will be optimizing your system and working efficiently.  

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I would love to hear how these 10 tips improved your computing experience. 69 comments

browneyes20 7 years ago

Excellent, I am not the most techno minded person at the best of times but these tips have made it really easy to get the best out of my laptop without bursting a blood vessel with frustration trying. Still not 100% about cleaning up the remove progs, like you say it's hard to know what some of them do, so i guess I still haven't got it running as fast as it could be but it's a damn sight better than it was. Thanks a lot.

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Very good tips! I use Advanced system care to take care of my system as well. It is free from snapfiles.com

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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from United Kingdom

That's really interesting, thanks for sharing.

gareth 6 years ago

thanks this worked brill i love the ccleaner its brill thanks again

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Eddy2106 6 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

they worked, it runs faster. Great hub.

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Micky123 6 years ago from Chandigarh

i knowe all software, but my Laptop Run Faster tell me about other..........

hannah 6 years ago

This has helped sooooooooooooo much. Thanks

nbbatt.com 6 years ago from bear, de, 19701

My laptop is faster now. thank very much.

bert 6 years ago

basic but really effective

Isaac 6 years ago

Hey thnks for the tips its really nice and i followed most of the tips.

Sam 6 years ago


my laptop is a lot faster now! :)


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save my system 6 years ago from United Kingdom - London

Hey, it is of great use. The speed of the laptop could have decreased due to many reasons. Sometimes, junk files can also lead to a slow speed of the laptop. Make sure you have best cleaner installed for removing such piles of junk files.

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Angel 5 years ago

Hello I recently got a new laptop and for maybe a month it's been fine I think the problem was because I shut it down every night but now for like 2 months i've been on safe

mode because it's much faster I hate safe mode like you can't even listen to music -.- anyways I tried so many times getting off safemode but all it does is

freezes up on me what can I do without spending money? ):

Aliou BALDE 5 years ago

j'ai ete vraiment ravis, en fait je connaissais tout mais n'utilisais que quelques options. Merci pour l'article c vraiment pro.

tanginamo 5 years ago

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Blank 5 years ago

Doesn't work

dinesh 5 years ago

its better if u use a linux based OS which increases RAM and and virus supporting file extension .exe is not supported in that OS and if u use windos also then use a software Tune up utilities, its trial mode is free but u can get its serial key from serial.be or kegensbe.com. now i think its very useful for all. bye guys and if u want to contact me for more info then mai me at dinesh121996@gmail.com

Dovran 5 years ago

YOu are a ledgend bro


Kyle 5 years ago

Def-raging you're hard drive is REALLY needed. Do it everyday otherwise it'll be super slow >.

quang 5 years ago

when i play game or do something a lot on laptop for an hour is getting slow

qam 5 years ago

thnx...it really works

milan 5 years ago

kashu thatu nathi bhai....

Shiv Chauhan 5 years ago


It's Really True..........

Leigh 5 years ago

Defragging your hard drive EVERYDAY is a BIG NO, NO! it can cause your HD to malfunction, once in 2 months is more ideal than everyday

ok 5 years ago


rama 4 years ago

it is a bad idea to make it

trun tran 4 years ago

My desktop speed is really increased…:)

thanxx dude


Daniel 4 years ago

Helped so much! :)

Tai 4 years ago

How many programs is optimum on today's computers before you should delete some or thinks about a small network to keep your computer from slowing down. I speaking of Photoshop, E-sword, Disc Creator, Babylon and all the rest including Word the normal programs people use, is there a threshhold where it begins to load down on the computer?

ashim 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing the views

Dana17 4 years ago

My laptop is not turning on :(

Paris 4 years ago

than how r u talking to us

jackson 4 years ago

well am yet to try these tips

Jay 4 years ago

Um paris idk of you've ever heard of iPods iPhones iPads and other wifi stuff and maybe he has a desktop or another laptop so don't try to be a smarty pants when you're not :)

Mimi 4 years ago

why the hell my laptop is not turing on after i did those three first tips !!?

aslamk62@gmail.com 4 years ago

thank you nice tips

Unknown 4 years ago

I did three first steps, but I didn't continue the third step because it might be dangerous.

winston 4 years ago

install it

aika 4 years ago

whew..so nice..easy to understand..i see so this is the techniques..tnx bro!!;-)

BIjan 4 years ago

really effective....thank u....

Phurba Tsering 4 years ago

Thank you for your helpful tips.It was so much helpful.

harrykerry Nigeria 4 years ago

Thanks it works Perfectly

Farhan 4 years ago

Thanks a lot

Jarrad 4 years ago

Guys get a thing called game booster it speeds up ur computer by closing prosseces and things that you dont need open

Anil 4 years ago

In my view anti viruses also could make system a little slower. it is suggested to clean all the computer trash at least once in a month. Heavy processing which requires windows clean up through mirkusoft registry cleaner (www.mirekusoft.com) to make computer run faster.

Brian 4 years ago

Wow this is amazing! My laptop is faster than before! Thanks! :D

Ariana 4 years ago

Thank you Thank you THANK YOU SO MUCH this is amazing!!!

zeshan akhter 4 years ago

thank a lot its realy good thing . ihave done it .

Luis 4 years ago

thanks after 1 hour doing the 10 steps my Lap-Top is %50 faster then prior. thanks. i recommend this 10 steps :)

sako 4 years ago

thanks,info was helpful

Havanese puppy 4 years ago

Basically my laptop is fast, but couple of days I am facing the blue screen problem.

Can any one solve this?

Thanks for nice writing.


affi 4 years ago

boring i know all these tips. i want others

3 years ago

Seek Jesus and HE will solve all of your problems.

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DATALOAD 3 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for the tips. Using a solid state hard drive would be another great way to speed up your computer. I started using one and the difference was amazing.

Nadia 3 years ago

www.registryfix.com is a malicious webpage. DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR CLICK ON ANY OF ITS CONTENT..!!

gsurvivor 3 years ago

Very nice tips, I think this is something every laptop owner should know. Thanks for spreading the knowledge, a vote up from here! :)

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Live N Learn 3 years ago from Las Vegas

Thanks for reminding me! I definitely need to move all my photos and music to an external hard drive.... I did it about 2 years ago and made a world of difference. Guess it's time to unclutter my computer :)

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Wright 3 years ago

Disk Clean up and registry works amazing

omar 3 years ago

brilliant it has helped my laptop is very fast now

Dawn M 3 years ago

This is fricken amazing! I really wish computer companies would make a small pamphlet when you buy your computer with this information...in terms I could understand! Thank you so much for this info! It helped so much!

Robin Vinz Salvador 3 years ago

Great Post! Basic tips yet very effective. Thanks for sharing.

sanjayk 2 years ago

this is nice clip

kayman63 2 years ago

Thanks for the great ideas. I also use Krojam Cleaner to keep my computer running smoothly.

MARY 2 years ago

Thanks a lot. it really helped

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JimmyTech 2 years ago

My old Dell was as slow as molasses. So I learned about speeding up laptops through trial and error. There are several ways that you can speed up a laptop. Here are the 4 main things that you can do…

A. Clean up your registry (old software uninstalls)

B. Run a disk defragmentation

C. Remove unwanted programs/software

D. Delete cookies and temp files

There are also ways to do this by running a scan on your computer. I created a short little video about how it works. You can see my video here:


One thing you can also do is check in Control Panel to see which "services" are running on your laptop. When you Ctrl+Alt+Del and go to Task Manager you can see this as well. Often there will be services running that you don't need. Or software that is automatically run during start up. This all adds up to making your laptop slow. Hope this helps!

Junior 18 months ago

Thanks they actually work. MY computer feels as good as new...

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