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How to Speed up a Laptop or PC
16th August 2021

There’s little more frustrating than a slow computer, especially when there’s urgent work to be done. If you’re done with waiting for your laptop or PC to load up a web page or program, read on for the advice you need to make your device fast again so that you can get those jobs done without the wait.


Update your software


Out of date software is well known for slowing down a computer. From applications and drivers to web browsers, it’s important to keep everything up to date, including Windows itself. Not only is updating everything on a regular basis one of the best ways to speed up a laptop and keep your PC running smoothly, it will also ensure you have all the latest security patches and bug fixes.


Free up some disk space


When a disk starts to get full, it slows down. Even the largest drives can fill up if they’re not cleaned up regularly. Deleting files that you no longer use and uninstalling programs that aren’t needed any more, or that came as free trials when you purchased your PC and you never used them, are good ways to free up space. Be sure to permanently delete unwanted files including removing from the recycling bin, and fully uninstall programs rather than just delete their shortcuts.


Run a virus and malware check


Your antivirus software should be running regular scans to ensure there is nothing sinister on your PC. Viruses can slow a computer down and cause all sorts of cybersecurity risks. It’s therefore vital to ensure your antivirus program is up to date and that it’s set to run regular scans. You can also run an ad-hoc scan any time you think your PC may be under threat, or if has all of a sudden started running slowly for no apparent reason.


Clear your cache and cookies


Each time you visit a web page, your browser stores it as a small file on your PC. It also stashes small files known as cookies which contain details of your browsing history as well as any personal data you’ve entered into a web page. As time goes on, these files start taking up more and more space on your PC. How to speed up a laptop? Clearing your browser’s cache on a regular basis is good practice, as it will help to speed up loading time for the web pages you visit. The browser settings menu is usually the place to find the clear cache and cookies function.


Delete temporary files


Temporary files are created by a computer’s operating system when running or completing a task. These files take up space and, eventually, can show down your PC. If you’ve been wondering, why is my laptop so slow, it could well in part be down to a build-up of temporary files. You can use the Windows Disk Clean-up utility to remove temporary and unnecessary system files. Simply choose the type of files you wish to clean up and the drive you wish to remove them from, and let the program do the work.


Want a faster PC or laptop? Talk to PC Docs.


If you’ve tried all the above fixes but you are still looking for answers on how to speed up a laptop, talk to PC Docs. There are other, more advanced solutions we can explore to help resolve slow PC issues, such as switching to Solid State Drives or moving to a cloud-based system on a high speed network.


To learn more about how PC Docs can speed up your computers and help improve productivity and efficiency, you are welcome to contact our helpful team.

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