How to Speed Up My Laptop Performance

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How to Speed Up My Laptop Performance
Laptop computers are extremely convenient, but may require special attention to keep running at optimal speeds. (laptop image by Angie Lingnau from

Laptops are subjected to a variety of stresses and design requirements that desktop systems do not suffer from. Their small space, limited power availability, need for long battery life and reduced system specifications all factor together to create a machine that operates at lower speeds and higher temperatures than their desktop counterparts. Speeding up your laptop computer will involve more than removing excessive software bloat. You will also need to consider how much it is handling and how hot it is running.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Laptop computer

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    Consider your laptop's operating environment. Laptops, especially powerful ones, are prone to excessive heat build-up. Over time, high temperatures will result in decreased system performance and hardware failure. Consider investing in a cooling mat that will keep your laptop running at lower temperatures and avoid leaving it running on beds and other heat-trapping locations.

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    Remove any unnecessary start-up tasks. You can do this by going to the "Start" menu, selecting "Run" and entering the unquoted command "msconfig" in the dialogue box. Go to the "startup" tab and uncheck applications that start up with your computer but are rarely used.

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    Disable unnecessary services by going to the "Start" menu, selecting "Run" and typing "services.msc" without quotes. Click on "Startup Type" to sort the menu by this criteria, and disable automatic services you don't use. Double-click the service name and choose "Manual" from the drop-down "Startup type" menu. Click "Apply" to save these settings.

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    Press down the "CTRL" "ALT" and "DELETE" keys to open the task manager. Click the "Processes" tab and click on "CPU" to sort applications by processor used. The "System Idle Process" is not detrimental, but other applications that make heavy use of the CPU should be terminated if they are not required. You can terminate them by clicking "End process" and hitting "OK" at the confirmation dialogue.

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