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10 Ways to Make Your Laptop Run Faster

Updated on March 3, 2009

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.  

Here's a Related Pic I Found on Flickr (Creative Commons)

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

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      Junior 2 years ago

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

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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:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhYFnowv1NQ

      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!

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      MARY 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot. it really helped

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      kayman63 3 years ago

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

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      sanjayk 3 years ago

      this is nice clip

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      Robin Vinz Salvador 3 years ago

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

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      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!

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      omar 3 years ago

      brilliant it has helped my laptop is very fast now

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      Wright 4 years ago

      Disk Clean up and registry works amazing

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      SANTANU BAIDYA 4 years ago

      appreciate................

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      Live N Learn 4 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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      gsurvivor 4 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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      Nadia 4 years ago

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

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      DATALOAD 4 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.

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      4 years ago

      Seek Jesus and HE will solve all of your problems.

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      affi 4 years ago

      boring i know all these tips. i want others

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      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.

      http://havanesebreeders.org/

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      sako 4 years ago

      thanks,info was helpful

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      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 :)

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      zeshan akhter 4 years ago

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

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      Ariana 5 years ago

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

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      Brian 5 years ago

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

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      Anil 5 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.

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      Jarrad 5 years ago

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

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      Farhan 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot

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      harrykerry Nigeria 5 years ago

      Thanks it works Perfectly

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      Phurba Tsering 5 years ago

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

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      BIjan 5 years ago

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

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      aika 5 years ago

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

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      winston 5 years ago

      install it

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      Unknown 5 years ago

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

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      aslamk62@gmail.com 5 years ago

      thank you nice tips

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      Mimi 5 years ago

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

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      Jay 5 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 :)

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      jackson 5 years ago

      well am yet to try these tips

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      Paris 5 years ago

      than how r u talking to us

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      Dana17 5 years ago

      My laptop is not turning on :(

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      ashim 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the views

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      Tai 5 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?

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      Daniel 5 years ago

      Helped so much! :)

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      trun tran 5 years ago

      My desktop speed is really increased…:)

      thanxx dude

      http://winmain.vn

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      rama 5 years ago

      it is a bad idea to make it

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      ok 5 years ago

      THANKS U GUYS ARE THE BEST VERY USEFUL THE BEST PAGE I ADD IT TO FAVORITES SMILY TO LIKE :)

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      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

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      Shiv Chauhan 5 years ago

      Nice..........

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

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      milan 5 years ago

      kashu thatu nathi bhai....

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      qam 5 years ago

      thnx...it really works

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      quang 6 years ago

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

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      Kyle 6 years ago

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

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      Dovran 6 years ago

      YOu are a ledgend bro

      THANK U !

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      dinesh 6 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

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      Blank 6 years ago

      Doesn't work

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      tanginamo 6 years ago

      d gumagana gago ka

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      Aliou BALDE 6 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.

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      Angel 6 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? ):

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      ravin 6 years ago

      nice

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      ravin 6 years ago

      nice

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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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      Sam 6 years ago

      Wow!!

      my laptop is a lot faster now! :)

      thanx

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      Isaac 7 years ago

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

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      bert 7 years ago

      basic but really effective

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      nbbatt.com 7 years ago from bear, de, 19701

      My laptop is faster now. thank very much.

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      hannah 7 years ago

      This has helped sooooooooooooo much. Thanks

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      Micky123 7 years ago from Chandigarh

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

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      Eddy2106 7 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

      they worked, it runs faster. Great hub.

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      gareth 7 years ago

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

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's really interesting, thanks for sharing.

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      earnestshub 8 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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      browneyes20 8 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.