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How to make a slow laptop Faster?

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, My laptop is a core 2 duo hp laptop. It came with Windows Vista. It used to run Windows 7 just fine but now it takes 10 minutes to turn on. How do I make it run faster like before?”
- Megan E., United Kingdom

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Many people run into the same problem with their laptops. As the laptop gets used, and new software gets installed on it, it starts to slow down. Sometimes this can mean waiting for it to turn on for several minutes every time. Luckily this problem can be solved by using some useful tools.

Laptops and performance problems:

You may encounter the problem of a slow laptop due to many reasons. Laptop computers are designed to use the least amount of system resources, especially when they are running on battery mode. Laptop computers are usually built for work related use so they use an under-powered harddisk, and graphics processor to minimize weight, heat emission, and electricity usage. These computers are more prone to slowing-down due to accumulation of junk files, too many programs loading on start-up, and a crowded, mismanaged registry.

Registry Check up

A computer’s Registry is one of its most vital components. It can become bloated over time as more software is installed. making it slower in the long run. Many registry optimization tools like WinThruster can fix these registry problems.

Anti-Virus Scan

Although viruses are not as common as they used to be, although they do still pose a risk. Keep your Antivirus program updated. It should automatically run a virus scan to keep your computer safe. Some Anti-Virus software include AvastMicrosoft Security Essentials, and AVG.

Anti-Spyware Scan

Spyware can “spy” on you by logging your keystrokes to steal passwords and credit card information. They can also cause slow laptop problems. Install anti-spyware to keep your computer spyware free. Some Anti-spyware software include WinThruster, and Spybot – Search & Destroy.

Removing Unused software

Uninstall software that you don’t use. Just open Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs, click a Program and click Uninstall to remove it from the computer. These programs also leave behind traces in the computer’s registry which can be removed using registry optimization software.

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Startup Programs

Probably the most common problem that causes a slow laptop is caused by having too many programs running on start-up. Disable these programs by using msconfig. Pressing the Windows key while holding ‘R’ should open the run dialog box. Type msconfig and press enter. In Msconfig click the Startup tab and un-check the applications that you don’t want to run. You should only disable the ones that you understand.

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Computer check up & maintenance software can be used to automate most problems listed above. This software automates these processes and makes a slow laptop faster by keeping it in good working condition. You can use SuperSonicPC and other software to scan and fix many problems that can cause the computer to slow down over time.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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