There was once a time in my life when my laptop wasn't the sole purpose of my existence (and by once upon a time, I mean it was around the time I was still in the womb), but now a days I tend to think of my computer as somewhat of an extra limb, only more useful, and with uh..less hair. Anyway, the basis of this post is that my laptop is slow. It's around four three or four years old and pretty much refuses to do anything but make really loud fan noises and freeze every five minutes. And since, you know, my entire wage packet is pretty much based on that flat rectangle, I thought it was probably a good idea for me to look into speeding it up a little. So I did the research (a six hour coach ride home calls for desperate measures) and I managed to find a bunch of ways to speed up your computer without having to spend a penny. If they don't work, they're not in this blog post! And hey, I'm walking proof that these tips work, since I can actually write this blog post like a normal person now, as opposed to waiting four hours for the login screen to appear. Anyway, onto the tips!
Physically clean your laptop
Chances are, if your laptop has been buzzing a little louder during the past few months it might actually need a physical clean up. Think of your computer as a Dyson Hoover - you gotta empty that shit out sooner or later! Give it a gentle hoover and de-crumb and you'll be surprised at how much better it runs.
Uninstall things you don't use
The most ridiculous programmes take up a ton of room, so if you're not using them, get rid! It's not as if you'll never be able to re-install them if you want them back one day, so stop holding onto Spider Solitaire or whatever terrible game you've never even opened and say au revoir!
Get an external hard drive, and use it!
External hard drives are amazing for us internet gals since it means we can keep all of our pictures without clogging up our computers. If you don't already have one you can pick one up for super cheap online. They save so much time since you don't have to decide on which images you want and which you don't. You can just shove them straight into your external hard drive!
Empty that recycle bin
This is a pretty obvious one, but I bet you all forget to do it every once in a while. The thing is, we always delete our files, but if they're not deleted from the recycle bin they're not really deleted. Say goodbye to all those selfies that didn't quite make the cut!
Clear out your desktop
I'm a serious 'save-to-desktop-er' which means my desktop gets crammed in no time at all. I make a point of clearing out my desktop every weekend, but if you can, simply try to stop saving everything to that damn desktop anyway. Do you really need ten variations of the same photo? Answer: no. Get rid!
Keep your software updated
Generally speaking, software needs updating for a reason, and that reason is usually because the old version doesn't work as well as it needs to. Think of all the old 'brick' mobile phones. They're great, sure, but can they run Instagram and a million other apps with ease? No sir. If your computer is telling you to get updated, you might want to listen to it.
Close tabs and windows
So right now I'm multi-tasking with three windows open, and around forty tabs open. DO NOT DO THIS! For some reason I'm always sucked into to opening an extra tab or twelve, but if you really want your computer to run better then keep them to a minimum. Do you really need five hundred Topshop tabs open? Maybe not.
Delete temporary files and cache
Temporary files generally have no purpose being in your computers memory, so it's good to do a little clear up every once in a while. Here's how it's done:
For Apple: Download a tool such as CCleaner or CleanMyMac > Let Them Work Their Magic!
For Windows: Start > Disk Cleanup > Select a Drive > Press OK > Choose Files to Delete
Turn off your computer
Imagine if you just kept going and going and going without any real sleep. Man, that would suck hard. So when your laptop slows down after leaving it on for a month straight, can you blame it? If I was awake for thirty days, I wouldn't work to my full potential either. Give your computer a nap, dammit! It'll thank you for it later.
Clear languages that you don't use
Unless you can read every language in the world it might be a good idea to delete any languages you're not already using. To do this, all you need to so is run an app called Monolingual (it's free) and from there you can get rid of every other language you're not using from various apps.
Close down different processes
If you haven't already made an attempt of closing your processes, then you'll be surprised at how many useless things are actually hogging up your computers memory. Clearing this out is sure to give your comp a bit of a boost! Here's how it's done:
For Apple: Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor > Double Click > Press Quit
For Windows: Task Manager > Processes > Click a Process > End Process
Stop using Safari
So it turns out that Safari tends to hog up your computers memory, which no one wants. Instead, trying switching to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. They're just as good in terms of usability, but they won't slow you down (as much).
Clear up apps that open when you log in
If you're computer is running slow already, a series of apps opening like a bunch of synchronised dancers is the last thing you'll need. To stop them popping up whenever you flip up that laptop screen do the following:
For Apple: System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items > Select Programmes
For Windows: Start > Search 'misconfig.exe' > Click Startup > Select Programmes
Do a system restore
When all else fails, sometimes you just have to give your computer a full on re-boot, but trust me, it's not as scary as it sounds. Before doing this, simply use your external hardrive to save all of your useful/must-have files. That way you won't have to worry about losing anything useful, but you'll still be able to get rid of all the crap clogging up your comp.
How this helped you guys! Let me know your top tips for getting rid of dat laaaagggg.