How to Improve Laptop Performance

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Improving your laptop performance is actually very easy to do. Luckily, you will be able to improve this without having to hire a computer repair technician. The best way to improve your laptop performance is to focus on your laptops RAM, hard disk and battery life. By following the tips for improving performance that are found in this guideline, your computer should last you for many years to come. If you need to purchase any of the products that are mentioned in this guideline or any other parts for your laptop, check out stores like Crucial Technology and


The best way to improve your laptop's performance is to upgrade the amount of RAM that it has. Unlike desktop computers, laptops do not generally have more than 1 RAM socket. That means that you will need to remove the RAM that is currently in your laptop and replace it with a memory stick that has more gigabytes. However, you can also improve performance by freeing up the RAM that you already have. This can be done by reducing the amount of open programs that you have. For example, you may have a web browser, email client and word processing program opened at the same time. If you aren't using one of those programs, close it until you are ready to use it.

Hard Disk

Your laptop is going to run extremely slow if you have too many files on it. One of the best ways to free up space on your hard disk is to defragment it. Your computer should come with a utility that can defragment it for you. The entire process should only take a couple of hours and you should do it every two to three months. Another way to free up space on your disk is to purchase an external hard drive. If you have photos, music and other files on your laptop's hard disk that you don't use often, you can transfer them to an external hard drive. External hard drives connect to your laptop via a USB cable, so you'll still be able to access them whenever you want.

Battery Life

Many people purchase a laptop because of its portability. Being that a laptop has a battery, you can generally use your laptop for a few hours before you need to recharge the battery. In many cases, your laptop will slow itself down if you are draining the battery too quickly. To improve your laptop performance when you are using the battery, consider decreasing the brightness of your LCD display. You can also improve battery life on your laptop by shutting down programs that are constantly running. For example, you may have an anti-virus program that is constantly running. However, unless you are visiting dangerous websites, you should be fine with shutting it down for a bit. You can also purchase a battery for your laptop that has more cells in it than your current battery does.


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This article was published on 2011/01/06