Topic: Why My Laptop Is So Slow? Quick Guide To Make It Fast!
Why My Laptop Is So Slow? Quick Guide To Make It Fast!
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Have you ever wondered why your laptop is so slow? And how to speed it up!
It’s a family story and it usually is.
It’s just another typical night at work. You have a super important deadline tomorrow. You are burning the midnight oil to try to get the job done on time.
But just when you’re about to click the Save button, GUESS WHAT? Your laptop starts crashing, freezes, OR WORSE, and crashes. And where does your important UNSAVED work assignment go?
Yes, that is correct. DOWN THE DRAIN.
Now tell me: are you going to let this unfortunate incident just fade away OR take a much-needed lesson from it to make sure it never happens again?
Now, before you go into full panic mode, LISTEN. There is a solution.
All you have to do is find out why your laptop is freezing and take the corresponding steps to speed it up.
Remember that feeling when you start working on a new laptop and everything works so smoothly? There are no freezes or crashes. And then one day everything goes to hell and you sit screaming out loud.
Why is my Laptop so slow?
If the sounds above are remotely identifiable, then CONGRATULATIONS. We are here to rock your computing world.
DO YOU THINK I’M EXAGGERING?
Read on and see for yourself.
Now, without beating around the bush any further, let’s jump right in.
Your RAM is running Short
This part is easy.
If your laptop is low on memory, it will definitely slow down over time. So if you want to continue multitasking while running various apps in the background, it is highly recommended to upgrade your laptop to higher RAM.
Now let me stop you right there. Before you can add more RAM to your laptop, you need to check how much RAM you currently have.
There is a very easy way to do it. Try right clicking on the taskbar and select Task Manager. Click Open Resource Monitor to check how much ram you use.
If you’re a Mac user, go to Apple’s “About This Mac” menu and hit the Memory tab to check what type of memory your Mac is using. See if there are any free memory slots available.
For Windows users, open Task Manager and select the Performance tab. Then click on Memory. You can check your laptop memory here and if there are available slots.
Multiple Execution Programs
There are too many programs running simultaneously
THINK ABOUT IT: Don’t we find it difficult to multitask and get stressed? This greatly bogs down our productivity levels.
But don’t get me wrong. I understand that computers are not human and can work more efficiently than us.
One thing is for sure. Running multiple tasks simultaneously on your computers will slow them down.
Signs that your laptop is running multiple programs at once could be:
The software you are using stops responding, the mouse cursor does not move, Windows takes ages to shut down, and sometimes the whole system can crash.
Now, what can you do about it?
The first thing you need to do is remove all the apps that can start automatically. If you are using a new laptop, try uninstalling all the bloatware. Now use Task Manager to see what apps are running in the background. Eliminate those programs that do not serve you.
Try to Update your Laptop Regularly
Whether you are a Mac or Windows user, try to stay on top of all the new updates that Apple and Microsoft keep releasing.
Let me explain why you should.
In a nutshell, installing the latest updates comes with a lot of benefits, like improved speed and added security measures.
- For Windows, you don’t have to keep checking for new updates. The latest updates will be automatically downloaded to your laptop.
Now, if you don’t want your laptop to start an update in the middle of your work, make sure you set the hours beforehand. If you want to manually check for the latest updates, go to Settings > Windows Update.
- For Mac, go to System Preferences > App Store to enable automatic updates. If you want to manually check for the latest updates, click the Check Now button on the App Store dashboard.
Your Hard Drive could be damaged or fragmented
If you have been using your laptop for a couple of years, it is possible that the data has become fragmented in different areas on the hard drive, which will slow down your laptop.
This is all you have to do. Try defragmenting the data.
The EASIEST WAY to defragment your hard drive is to search for the word “defragment” in the start menu. This will take you to Defrag and Optimize Disk.
Select Defragment and optimize drives. Locate your hard drive, which will be the operating system (C) with the Windows logo. Click Optimize to start the defragmentation process. When the process is complete, you will see 0% Fragmented written there.
A Virus or Malware could be slowing down your Laptop
It’s pretty obvious once you think about it.
If your laptop works a lot, everything freezes and you can’t turn it off, most likely your laptop contains a virus or any other malicious software. It can not only slow down your laptop but also cause serious damage.
The easiest is to check your laptop for viruses by running an antivirus scan.
If you are a WINDOWS USER, you will have a built-in Windows Defender to protect your laptop from malware infections.
However, it may not be the best. Consider installing other antivirus software like Antivirus Plus or Malwarebytes.
Your laptop may be slowing down due to several different reasons. We have listed some of the most common ones above that other users have experienced.
Did you know that in addition to making work difficult, a slow laptop can affect your mental health?
According to the Huffington post, a survey claims that a sow computer can make people feel exhausted and stressed. SHOCKING, RIGHT?
This doesn’t have to be you.
SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Understand the reasons that cause your laptop to slow down and start working to overcome them. It’s that easy.