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12 ways to speed up your laptop

You have a lot of thoughts running through your mind that you need to rush fast in your laptop before losing them. Or you are running out of time for a task and you need to finish it right away, while your computer is acting the opposite running low and slow. This is a common problem for laptops and PCs. Even if you did your best investing in a laptop that is the fastest of its kind, there are a few things that you need to do to maintain your device and keep it at its best performance for a longer time.

This is the way your laptop tells you that it suffers and needs your help optimizing to go back as bullet-fast as you want. We will take you over a checklist that helps you result in:

  • Faster running laptop.

  • Lag-free gaming and apps

  • Improved performance.

You can go through these steps to speed up all Windows (10 Pro), MacOS 10, and MacOS 11 systems.


  • Local Disk cleanup

In simple words: A local disk or C drive is the place where your computer keeps most of its contents. It holds System files, App data, junk, user data, Cache, temp, log files, and other contents.

Having a slow laptop could mean that your local disk / hard drive is suffering and can’t have enough space to do its job fast enough for you. To check out how your C drive doing and what kind of data is stored in your system’s C drive, then do the following:

Windows users: go to Settings > System > Storage. This will list an in-depth bifurcation of what is taking how much space on the C drive.

Mac users: click on the Apple logo located on the top corner of the screen > About this Mac > storage tab. This will give you a preview of all the file types you have on your system and how much memory they are taking up. To get even more details, click on Manage.

  • Delete large unused files

Windows users: from the same storage window that you opened, Switch on the storage sense button on top. Then click on Configure Storage Sense or run it now > adjust what suits you best > click on Clean now.

Mac users: From the same Manage window that you have opened, walk through and decide whether to delete or move them to an out memory like a flash drive, or external hard drive or even consider using your iCloud.

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  • Empty the Recycle Bin When you put something in the trash or recycle bin, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you deleted it. Your device just moved it to somewhere else so you can have a chance to retrieve them if you change your mind. Don’t forget to empty your recycle bin every once in a while, especially after deleting large files.

  • Temporary Files & Defragmentation Temporary files are created to hold information while a file’s being created or modified. Your device usually gets rid of them once it’s done, but sometimes it needs your help mobbing them away and freeing up some space, and having better performance.

Windows users: From the search box in the start menu > Type Disk Cleanup and open the App > Check the Boxes you need to clean up > Click on Clean up system files.

  • Cache Files & Web Browser When it comes to internet browsing, many sites use cookies to figure out your browsing habits and the ads you may click when you visit a site. A cache holds this information as files. If you spend a lot of time online, these files can accumulate and cause your computer to run more slowly.

Windows users: Assuming that you use Google Chrome open the web browser > Click on the top bar > Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Clear data

Mac users: we will need to show develop menu in the top menu bar. To do so, choose Safari from the top menu > Click on Preferences> Choose the Advanced tab > Check the box next to the “Show Develop menu in the menu bar” option. Now we can empty caches: Go to Develop in the menu bar > Choose Empty Caches.

Some third-party applications can take care of doing the process and cleaning up your local disk. Just keep in mind to look for an application that is efficient and doesn’t take up a lot of space. For Mac users, we suggest: Clean My Mac.



  • Update your system System updates are designed to make your device more productive. They usually tend to fix bugs that slow your computer down. They also focus on trimming features and optimizing resource usage. Check out if there is an update hanging in there waiting for your action.

Windows users: go to settings > update & security > click on Check for updates.

Mac users: If you are using Mac OS High Sierra or earlier, open the Mac App Store> click on the Updates tab. If you are using Mac OS Mojave or later, open About this Mac > click on Software Update> click on update now. Then, follow any onscreen instructions to complete the update.



  • Uninstall unused Apps

Windows users: From the settings window > go to Apps.

Now you can find out which application is taking the biggest part of your device. Go over the apps list and decide what to keep and what to uninstall. Once you find the program you want to uninstall, click on the icon > select uninstall.

Mac users: There are many ways that you can uninstall applications, one of them starts from the Manage window > Click on the Applications tab. Walk through the list, and once you find something that needs to be uninstalled right click on it > select delete.



  • Limit the programs at the startup

Startup programs are the ones that run automatically when the system is being booted. Programs usually have this feature by default when they are newly installed. You need this function for programs that you use frequently. It saves you the stress of looking for them or manually setting them up every time you start up.

However, if you have too many startup programs it can slow down the boot process. This has a negative effect, especially on systems with small capabilities or less processing power.

For Windows users: you can eliminate those who run at the startup from the settings window > go to Apps > click on Startup from the list on your left. Take a look at the list and switch off the button beside the application you choose not to run at the startup.

For Mac users: open System Preferences > go to Users & Groups > click on Login Items tab > highlight the application that you don’t want it to open at the start-up> click on the ““ button at the bottom of the window.



  • Adjust visual effects or Animation

Some details like windows and taskbar animations, and box and mouse shadows are called visual effects. Sometimes, they monopolize a part of the system resources, causing your device to run slower and impacting battery life. This happens especially on older machines. You can reduce or completely switch off those visual effects.

Windows users: In the Search bar at the Start Menu > type “Adjust the Appearance and performance” and click on the option that you found > choose “Adjust for best performance” > click on OK.

Mac users: click on the Apple icon in the top left of your home screen > go to System Preferences> click on Dock & MenuBar > uncheck the boxes called “Animate Opening Applications” and “Automatically hide and show the Dock”. Also, change the option of minimizing windows using the “Scale Effect”.



  • Adjust graphics card settings

When it comes to video games and high-end graphic work, the graphics card is important. If you suffer with a new laptop that lags in video games, or even if you have an old device that you need to help it work at its fastest, then you need to take a look at your graphics card setting. There are several graphics card providers in the market, but we will share with you how to adjust NVIDIA as an example.

Open NVIDIA Control Panel > click on “Adjust Image Settings with Preview” from the list on your left > choose “Use My Preference Emphasizing” option > move the pointer closer to the word “Performance” > click on Apply.



  • Adjust power energy settings

When it comes to the battery situation, laptops with the Microsoft Windows option that is in the middle between the best battery life and best performance. If you have a slow laptop, try to adjust your battery settings to the best performance. You can do so by clicking on the battery button placed on the start menu > and moving the cursor closer to the word “best performance”.

Keep in mind that the battery will drain fast. Make sure that you have a powering resource or get ready to plug in your laptop sooner than usual.



  • Shut down & Restart Procedures

If you are one of those who always put their laptop to sleep once they leave, then this could be the main cause of slowing your laptop down. Sleep mode is really helpful in retrieving your work and picking up from exactly where you lift. However, it shouldn’t be missed. Whenever you leave for a long time, consider a shutdown to put the device to rest. You should also make a habit of saving your work so you can shut down the device confidently.

You should also consider rebooting your device whenever you feel that it is not running properly. Keep in your mind that Restarting might function differently than shutting down.

For Windows users (version 8 and after): Experts say that commanding the pc to shut down is letting the PC create a deep hibernation file that the PC later leverages to allow for Fast Startup. On the other hand, a restart completely kills all processes. It clears the RAM and clears the processor cache. This is why a restart is the preferred method when completing a new install or uninstall and why a computer restarts during Windows Operating System updates.

For Mac users: you will need to reset your NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC besides restarting your Mac device.


NVRAM stands for (Nonvolatile Random-Access Memory). It is a small amount of memory that your Mac uses to store certain settings and access them quickly. For example, sound volume, display resolution, startup disk selection, and time zone are all stored in there. PRAM: (Parameter RAM) stores similar information but is used in older versions of Mac devices. To Reset NVRAM or PRAM, shut down your Mac > turn it on and immediately press and hold down the keys: Option, Command, P, and R from your keyboard > let go after you hear the startup sounds.


It stands for System Management Controller. It manages low-level settings, like thermal and battery management. Problems with the SMC rarely affect performance. However, it happens that it bugs fans leading it to run constantly even when CPU usage isn’t high. Resetting SMC can be a little different from one Mac device to another. But you always start by Shutting down your computer.



  • Upgrade your hardware

The main core of owning a PC nowadays relies on the ability in replacing and upgrading the inner parts, which makes it pretty easy to solve a problem like a slow-running PC. Take a look at these 2 parts and replace them:

Add more RAM

If you typically rely on your machine for heavy work like videos, coding, or even video games with limited space RAM, then you should think of adding more chips. Just buy a new RAM and attach it.

Upgrade HDD to SSD

SSD upgrades are suitable for PC that has HDD. When you upgrade, you will be going from something that loads your data and programs at 100 MB per second to up to 3500 MB per second. The difference between HDD and SSD is that big Since SSDs have come down in price quite drastically.

To figure out more about the difference between HDD and SSD, check out this video:



  • Malware and viruses

Viruses are the main cause of slow-running PCs and laptops. Whenever you tend to buy a laptop, you should invest in good anti-virus software.

This is because some applications are better than others, but some can take up more space. This can cause issues with speed, which takes you into a loop of slowing down your device. You want to find software that is efficient and removes malware completely, but that doesn’t take up too much space on your PC.

In eXtra, we provide you with various options that help you protect your devices. Shop for the best anti-viruses in the market



  • Close unnecessary apps

Make sure that you closed down any app that we don’t need or the one that consumes effort from the device.



  • Keep your computer cool

Just like humans, laptops act best in a normal temperature environment. When your laptop is too hot or too cold, it can’t work as efficiently. As for the heat, your computer always needs access to fresh air through the vents. If you are holding it on your lap while working on the bed, you are blocking that cooling air. Also, don’t leave your laptop in direct sunlight, in the car on a hot day, or near heaters.

If you feel like your vent is clogged with dust, have it open to get cleaned. You can ask for expert help in this regard. If you use your laptop for gaming very often, then you should consider getting a cooling device like ventilated pads or adding up an extra fan.


These steps were advised to you as quick solutions for old laptops, or for devices that have limited abilities. If you have gone through the whole list without any noticeable progress, then we encourage you to save up your nerves and buy a new one. We have in eXtra quite a few options that can please you.

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