A few simple steps can relieve your laptop’s sluggishness
Is there anything more annoying that an overly sluggish laptop? Especially in a world where smartphones and tablets (like iPads) seem to generally blaze through most tasks, a laptopâ€”which is most people’s most expensive computing device anymoreâ€”should be the blazeriest of them all.
But it’s usually not! Unless you’ve got a brand new laptop, I’m willing to bet it’s starting to get a little more sluggish than it used to be. Especially if you download a lot of programs for work or school, I’m willing to bet some of your daily tasksâ€”like Google Chrome or more intensive softwaresâ€”are starting to get slower.
Fortunately, there are some really simple ways to speed things back up a little. While laptops naturally slow down over time, a little basic maintenance now and then can put the pep back in their step. While you might not notice dramatic increases in speed from these methods, these three easy ways to teach your old laptop new tricks.
1. Limit or stop startup tasks
When you turn on your laptop, there are some things it automatically starts doing. Obviously, the more programs or tasks it’s trying to do at the same time, the slower it’s going to start up overall. But it’s also true that over time, the programs and tasks it’s running will take more of its “memory” to operate properly if those tasks are updating, meaning that even if nothing else changed, maintaining the same startup tasks over a long enough period of time is going to cause it to start to slow down.
At this point, you should simply minimize the amount of programs and tasks that are triggering during startup. It’s easy enough to do.
On an Apple laptop, you want to go to System Preferences, then Users & Groups, and select your user ID (probably “admin” if it’s your laptop). From here, you’ll be able to turn on/off various startup tasks.
On a Windows laptop, you’ll want to open Task Manager, navigate to the Startup tab, and enable/disable startup programs as you see fit.