Speed Up My Laptop: Checklist and Software

by Rod Dunne on December 3, 2010

in Articles, Laptop, Performance

Speed up my laptop | Computer fixing software and regular maintenance checks.
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Understanding how to speed up my laptop has helped extend the effective working life of my seven-year-old computer. In this article, I’ll detail a checklist of maintenance items I do on a monthly basis along with computer fixing software use to help speed up laptop performance.

Recommended software

There are a variety of tools for repairing individual elements of the software and operating system components. However, one computer fixing software utility I regularly use is XP Repair Pro which has the capability of fixing/optimizing the Windows registry, DLL files and operating system components. It can even repair virus damage.

How to speed up my laptop: My checklist

The following checks can speed up your laptop if one every 3 to 4 weeks. The one exception to that point is doing anti-virus scans which be done as often as possible (run daily if you are on the Internet constantly, as this exposes your computer to online viruses).

  1. Check for viruses.

    Adware, malware or Trojan viruses can cause corruption to your operating system programs and, critically, the Windows registry file. Get the latest updates for your anti-virus application and scan the entire hard drive as well as any external memory/storage devices.

  2. Repair any registry corruption.
    If your laptop is starting to get a bit old then the Windows registry will have bloated in size as a result of all the application installations/changes/removals. Over time this can cause key settings to become corrupted and use non-optimum settings. Use a good registry cleaner every few weeks to help clean out redundant information and optimize settings.
    Tools: Registry Easy: Utility tool that cleans, repairs and optimizes the registry file.
  3. Keep 10% of your disk empty.
    You can simply speed up laptop performance by making sure that the disk does not become too full. The Windows OS uses any empty space is available for virtual memory in order to process software commands more quickly. Clear out extra space by removing old programs, running the Disk Cleanup utility or using a professional cleaning tool.
    Tools: Winclear – Advanced data cleaning utility for clearing free space on PCs and securely wiping internet history.
  4. Reorder data fragments on the disk.
    Computer speeds are dependent upon the performance of a number of hardware and software items. One key element is the speed it takes to access data on the hard drive memory. This can be slow down if the fragments of data and dispersed around the disk. Use a disk defragmentation utility every month to speed up your laptop by reordering the fragments sequentially to improve disk access times and reduce the amount of caching needed.
    Tools: Regtool: Registry repair and disk defragmentation utility in one.
  5. Update your applications.
    All applications will benefit from having the latest update or version installed. Software developers often include performance fixes as part of patch releases or new versions sold is well worth keeping the applications up to date. Use Windows update service to get the latest OS patches. Check for updates the third party applications directly from the vendor’s website.
  6. Reduce the number of running applications.

    If my PC is starting to slow down when running a certain applications then the easiest way to speed up my laptop performance is to check the Task Manager processes tab to see how much RAM these applications are using. Invariably, you can improve performance by closing down some background tasks/services. Just be careful to not deactivate/disable critical security applications.

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