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How To Speed Up Laptop Load Times

Introduction

As computing technology improves, there is little reason why a laptop computer should not be as fast as a desktop computer. In fact, many laptops are called desktop replacements because these miniature and portable systems can handle many of the software and hardware intensive tasks the same as a large and bulky desktop computer.

Many laptop users might experience situations where the laptop begins to slow down and needs to speed up. This change in performance can happen gradually or instantaneously depending on what the user is doing on the PC. For example, if a user is playing a movie from a DVD, they are using extra hardware and software programs beyond what the computer is used to handling on a daily and regular basis. In this case, you are using a DVD optical drive that has an internal laser that reads the movie file from the disc itself. Imagine a laser beam nearly running continuously for an hour-long movie.

If your laptop is slowing down unexpectedly, there are changes that you can make in the operating system to help it speed up.

 

Step 1

Click on the Start button at the bottom of the Windows desktop. This opens the Start Menu, where you will see options for All Programs the Control Panel and other useful OS features that can help you make changes on the computer. However, for the purposes of speeding up the laptop you should click on the "Run" option from the Start Menu. This opens a new dialog box.

Step 2

Type "msconfig" in the blank text field. Click the "OK" button. This is the shortcut to a utility in Windows called System Configuration utility. You will use this tool to reconfigure programs that are installed on your system, in hopes that the laptop speeds up.

Step 3

Click on the "Start Up" tab. Skim over all of the programs that are currently check marked. Every selected program may be preventing your laptop from starting up in a speedy fashion.

Step 4

Uncheck the boxes next to programs that you dont want to start up on the laptop.

 

Step 5

Click the "Apply" and "OK" buttons. Restart your laptop, and determine if load times have sped up based on removing programs from the start up sequence.

Tips

Add more random access memory sticks to your laptop to speed up load times.

Sources and Citations

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By Adri Buckminster, published at 03/16/2012
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