1)Keep it cool
The hotter your laptop gets, the slower it will run. This is why some super computers have pipes of cold water pumped around their components. Place your laptop of a non-thermal surface like a table, not a sofa or your lap! Finally, keep the fan clean by ensuring your laptop is kept in its case when not in use.
2)Keep start-up programmes to a minimum
When you download a new programme, more often than not, it will try to categorise itself as a programme that automatically starts up when you turn on your computer. With this in mind, look out for the box that says "load at startup" and un-tick it next time you install something. To look at which programmes you already have that load at startup you can do the following...
- Click "Start" and search "msconfig" in your search bar.
-Click on what appears and you will load "System Configuration"
-Under the "General" tab, click "Selective Startup"
-Next click on the "Startup" tab
This will then give you a list of all the items you have listed under startup. Proceed to un-tick programmes, starting with those you know you never use. Un-tick as many as you can, so only a few programmes need load when you first turn your laptop
3)Purchase more RAM for your laptop.
First of all what is RAM? RAM is a like a computer's short term memory, that is, it deals with the programmes that are currently running. The higher the RAM, the more programmes you can run at the same time without your computer slowing. Most laptops are built with lower RAM memory than they can capacitate. RAM is not always cheap but can dramatically improve the performance of your computer.
-First you need look up what sort of RAM your laptop takes by searching your laptop model's specification on the manufacturer's website.
-Then look for a seller for your laptop’s specific RAM type. Certain brands will be more expensive then others but they all do the same thing so go for the cheapest.
-When it arrives, don’t pay for someone to install it. Anyone can install RAM, it is very simple. Normally the process is a simple as locating the RAM slot underneath your laptop, unscrewing a couple of screws and swapping over the RAM.
This sounds complicated but there is a very simple way of doing it. What is defragulation? Defragulation is the process of rearranging the files on your hard drive so that they become quicker to access.
This can be done without the use of a programme but numerous programmes are available that do this for you and many of them are free. "Smart Defrag 2" is very user friendly and free to download.
5) CC Cleaner
This is another small, free programme called "CC Cleaner". It quickly and efficiently cleans your computer of temporary internet files, internet history, cookies, empties recycle bin etc.