Has your laptop suddenly started to run at a snail’s pace? You’ve not made any changes in its default settings and your virus checker also comes up clean, then what happened? Well, there can be some hidden issues affecting your device’s performance. Here, we’ve listed 5 likely culprits which make your laptop running slow. Let’s learn what might be ailing your laptop and how to boost its speed.
1. Spinning Hard Drive
If your laptop uses a spinning hard drive, you need to upgrade to an SSD to make it faster. You can easily replace your spinning hard drive with a solid-state drive to revive an old laptop. HDDs make use of a mechanical arm with a read/write head to move around and read the stored data, while SSDs utilize assembled integrated circuits as memory to store data persistently. This makes SSD faster than the native HDD.
2. Low RAM
Another main reason why your laptop running slow is low RAM. Given that the CPU accesses data from the RAM faster than accessing it from the drive, so the more RAM your laptop boasts, the more data it can store for an easy and quick access. In simple words, upgrading the RAM (Random Access Memory) will get your laptop’s performance back to its feet. Most laptops have an additional slot to add extra RAM, but if your laptop doesn’t have the one, you can opt for the higher RAM and ditch the earlier one.
If your laptop runs Mac OS, navigate to the Apple menu > About This Mac section and click on the Memory tab to check the type of memory your device is making use of and if there’re any free memory slots.
On Windows 10 laptop, you need to launch Task Manager, click on the Performance tab and then click on the Memory button. Here, you can see the speed of your laptop’s memory and how many memory slots it’s using.
3. Crowded Hard Drive
The more programs and files you have, the more cluttered your hard drive becomes. And that, in turn, makes it harder for your laptop to find the data you request. Thus, your laptop slows down. The first and foremost way to fix a sluggish laptop is to replace your hard drive with an SSD.
However, if you don’t want to swap your system’s spinning drive, you can still improve your laptop’s performance by cleaning up its hard drive and removing unnecessary files and applications.
If you run Windows OS on your laptop, launch Control Panel and click on the Uninstall a program option. Now, select apps from the list and click on the Uninstall button to delete them along with their associated files.
On the other hand, Macs don’t have an uninstaller program, so you need to use third-party apps to get rid of superfluous apps.
4. Too Much Multitasking
It’s possible to perform multiple tasks on your laptop at the same time. But to some extent, your device’s memory and processing speed will not allow the flawless switching from one open program to another. Your laptop’s performance can enhance if you cut down on multitasking.
All you need to do is merely close the tabs you don’t need open and quit apps you’re not using. You can also see which apps and programs are using the maximum system resources. In Windows, launch Task Manager while you need to open Activity Monitor on MacOS to take a glance at the percentage of system resources currently being used by apps and programs.
5. Not Staying Up-to-date
Latest updates of Windows and MacOS incorporate new features as well as enhancements to improve performance and security. So, it’s always good to keep your laptop up-to-date by downloading and installing the newest updates.
Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates as soon as they release. However, you can also manually check for updates by navigating to the Settings > Windows Update section.
On the MacOS, you can enable automatic updates by navigating to the System Preferences > App Store section and checking the box next to Automatically check for updates. From now on, whenever an update has been downloaded and is ready to install, you’ll get notified. There’s also a button namely Check Now on the App Store panel to manually check for updates.