You bought a computer in the last 5 years. It was brand new, and it cost you somewhere between £300 and £3000 pounds, dollars, euros. But now You are sick and tired of how slow it is. Sometimes, you turn it on, make yourself a drink, have a shower, go do some shopping and when return, your laptop still has NOT finished loading. You think to yourself, it’s time to buy a new laptop. Time to throw this laptop out!
This feels terrible, I only bought it a few years ago?!
Listen to me. Listen close. Don’t throw it out. Don’t spend hundreds or thousands on a new laptop. Save your money. I’m going to share a few tips on how you can bring that old laptop back to life!
Before we begin, I need you to answer a few questions before we proceed:
- Does your laptop have a floppy disc drive?
- Does your laptop run windows 95, 98, ME, XP, or Vista?
- Does your laptop weigh more than you do?
If you answered yes to even 1 of those questions, it’s time to buy a new laptop. Don’t even bother saving it. You’ve had it long enough.
For this video I’m going to stick to talking about windows 10. But the general principals apply to users of Linux Systems and Apple Systems. Ok let’s get to business.
Run a virus scan. “oh, but I don’t want to buy one. I don’t want a year subscription”. That’s ok. You don’t need one. There are plenty of free ones. Check out AVG, Avira, Bitdefender and Avast. They have free versions for home usage. One of these packages will be more than enough. In fact, I recommend only installing 1.
Uninstall applications you don’t need. There’s a good chance your laptop came bundled with a bunch of unwanted software. Get rid of it. Be brutal. If you haven’t used it in the past year or even six months, there’s probably a good chance you’ll never use it. Head straight the control Panel and uninstall those squatters.
Install Windows 10 – upgrade advisor to see if your laptop is compatible first though. If it isn’t compatible with Windows, 10, it’s time to buy a new laptop. Windows 10 is the latest version of windows and will have all the latest security updates. If you’re still using Windows 7 or 8 or anything else, it’s time to bite the bullet and move over to 10.
If your laptop does NOT support windows 10, that’s ok. I suggest you go down the LINUX route. Check out UBUNTU or MINT – all is not lost. There are millions of people around the world that prefer Linux to windows.
If you already have windows 10, try performing a fresh installation. Sometimes something as simple as starting from scratch can help get rid of many nasties. Also, it’s nice to have a fresh clean slate. I perform a fresh installation at least once a year.
Now – Hardware upgrades. I recommend using Crucial system scanner. It’s very good at detecting upgrades for your system.
If your laptop has a mechanical hard drive, it’s time to replace it with a Solid-State drive. These drives are rocket fast compared to mechanical drives. As they have no moving parts, they load much faster. I install these all the time and I’ve had 5-year-old machines boot up in less than 30 seconds. Sometimes even 10! Worth an investment.
Alongside the hard drive upgrade, I recommend installing more RAM. More RAM means your laptop can deal with more demanding tasks. You will notice applications open faster, and you’ll probably be able to have more applications open simultaneously.
Does your laptop last an hour when running on the battery? I have an easy fix for you – If the Battery is removable, replace it for a brand-new fresh battery from a reputable supplier. A new battery will be more efficient and last longer than an older dying battery.
Last and certainly not least. Is your laptop covered in dust? Check the fan filter. Check the vents. Give it a clean. Also, whilst you’re at it, Give your laptop a little wipe down. Clean those food crumbs out of the keyboard. Wipe all spatter from the screen. And clean out the bits of chocolate caught in the air vents.
That’s me done.
I hope these tips help. Please make sure you check product reviews before you purchase anything and stick to purchasing from reputable companies that have good product warranties. If you have any tips, please share and I’ll try to include them in a follow up video (and I’ll even give you a shout out)
Thank you for reading.