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How do I speed up my laptop?

Pentium 4, 2.66 Ghz, Compaq nx9010. I reinstall the software that came with it and it runs fast for a while and then slows down again. What am i doing wrong?

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One very easy thing to do is delete all of your temp folder.

I edit videos and my temp folder can collect up to 150GB.

You can delete it by simply going to the start menu (windows 7) typing %temp% and then deleting the folder. Or you can go to the start menu>type disk cleanup>Then deleting the temp folder. If you don't know what your doing use disk cleanup so you dont mess anything up.

Sounds complicated but it takes 15 seconds.

KaydenST6 years ago
You are doing nothing wrong. Computers will ALWAYS slow down over time. Assuming you have a tech oriented mind:

1. Disk cleanup
2. Disk defrag
3. Uninstall programs
4. Chkdsk
5. Adjust startup items with msconfig
6. Fix/clean registry
7. Clear tracking cookies
8. Clear browsing data for all of your internet browsers
9. Scan for viruses, malware, worms, adware, etc.
10. Add more RAM
11. Clen up your hard drive by deleting un-necesarry documents


Hope this helps!
xc10247 years ago
Even if you use "Thing-a-Magic Über-Defrag-and-Decrapification-Plus-Autorun-Deleter-Super-Speedup Mega-Expensive Suite 3000", your Windows system will still slow down.
After 6 years of dealing with MS systems, I can safely say that no matter how little additional stuff you install, if it is not included with the plain, original system it will slowly start to bring your system to screeching halt.
You can try the solution by @RelaxedSoup, but I need to tell you that once you use it, your system will NOT get any faster than that, regardless of what you use. Not to confuse you, I did NOT say that his solution will be any one-way operation. I'm just saying that once you perform all the speedup operation he said are possible, you have done everything you could. There will be nothing else left to try.
I think he listed almost everything, except services disabling, but it may be too difficult for you.
So, once you perform this stuff on your system, there is just no way to speed it up more. If it is still slow, try to perform his steps on cleanly reinstalled Windows, then install programs you need, then do his steps again.
If it doesn't work, don't worry, you don't need to think of the slowdown as of unsolvable. You can still use alternative OS. Linux is the best one around, I use it. Most popular kind of it (distro) is Ubuntu, More info. Try it out, no need to install anything. It will probably work for you better than Windows, unless you are gaming addict.
frollard7 years ago
You're not doing anything wrong - the longer a computer runs after factory settings, the more crap gets on it. Installations, temporary files, fragmented hard drive, spyware, and other junk just stuff it up over time. Quickest easiest solution is to periodically nuke and pave - either reinstall the operating system, or keep a 'fresh' backup of the system just after reinstall - then you can just wipe and replace everything in under an hour. The benefit of going the backup/restore route is you can have a few common programs installed ready to go.
RelaxedSoup7 years ago
After being in use for a while, your computer's hard drive becomes fragmented, which slows down performance. To defrag your hard drive, go to Control Panel > System and Maintenance. Under "Administrative Tools" you'll see "Defragment your hard drive". It's advised to not use your computer while defragmenting, but this isn't absolutely necessary.

Also, your registry may become fragmented as well. To defragment your registry, download Free Registry Defrag, I've used it before and was pleased with the results.

If you have a whole bunch of programs running on startup, you'll experience a noticeably slower startup time. The safest way to fix this is to disable the run on startup function within each program; however, this is time consuming, and you may miss some programs. The method I use (for Vista) is to go to the Start menu and type "msconfig" (without quotes) in the search box (this will load a System Configurator), and hit enter. For XP, Go to Start > Run, and type "msconfig". Once System Config loads, go to the "Startup" tab. Find all of the programs that you don't need running on startup and un-check them. If you're unsure what a program does, don't disable it. Google it or otherwise find out what it does before disabling it. Once you're done, hit "Apply", and close System Config. You'll be asked to restart, save any open files, etc, and do so. You should see a noticeable improvement in system speed.

If all this is too complicated for you, then you can also try a program called Tuneup Utilities. It does all of the things I've outlined and more within an easy to use interface. I've used it for quite some time with good results. Unfortunately, it's not free, but you can try a 30 day trial which should accomplish all you need it for. Hope this helps!