Written by Jos

6 ways to make your laptop faster

Sometimes it seems to take hours for your laptop to boot. And opening programs isn't going very fast either. If your laptop is slow, you can solve this yourself by using a number of useful tricks. On this page, we've listed 6 ways that help you make your laptop boot faster.

1. Check the specifications of your laptop

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Before you start tinkering with your laptop on your own, it's smart to take a closer look at the specifications of your laptop. This way, you can be sure that the adjustments you make also make sense. Modern fast laptops have at least an Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and an SSD. Does your laptop lack these specifications, but do you want to run the latest versions of software like Windows 10, Photoshop, Word, and Excel without any problems? If so, purchasing a new laptop is worth considering. Modern laptops are lighter, faster, safer, and have a longer battery life.

2. Replace your hard drive with an SSD

An SSD of WD.

With a 'regular' hard drive (or HDD), your laptop boots a lot slower than with an SSD. That's why almost all modern laptops have an SSD. An SSD boots your laptop in less than 15 seconds. On top of that, loading programs and transferring files takes a longer; an SSD does this 5 times faster than a hard disk on average. If you replace the hard drive for an SSD, your laptop will run a lot faster.

3. Expand the RAM

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The RAM of your laptop determines how fast your laptop performs tasks. Many programs are getting more demanding so it's possible that your RAM is no longer sufficient and your laptop has gotten slow. Or you perform tasks on your laptop that the RAM can't handle. That's why it's nice to know that you can expand or replace the RAM.

4. Clean up your laptop

Trash icon on Windows laptop highlighted.

After a while, your laptop is full of programs you may not use at all. A hard drive or SSD that's too full can cause your laptop to work slower. Clearing up your laptop by removing unused programs is definitely a good option to make your laptop faster.

5. Boot faster

Task manager on a Windows 10 laptop.

One of the reasons your laptop starts so slowly is because of the programs that start automatically when Windows does. Often, you don't realize that these programs are running, but they do take up RAM, which makes your laptop slower. Fortunately, you can decide yourself which programs you want to start alongside Windows, and which ones you want to disable completely.

6. Reinstall Windows

Reinstall Windows 10.

Want to make your laptop faster, but don't want to spend money on parts? You always have the option to reinstall Windows if your laptop is slow. It's a bit of work and it requires a lot of preparation, but this way you can solve many problems and make your laptop faster than before.

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Jos Laptop Expert.

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