Brand new laptop very slow? Try this!

Brand new laptop very slow

It’s frustrating when you buy a brand new laptop and it starts running slow from day one. Maybe your programs are taking longer to load, or your computer is just generally sluggish. If this is happening to you, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many people find that their new laptop is much slower than they expected.

I’m going to share some tips that might help you speed up your laptop. This is especially true with the newer models that are released. There are a few things you can do to speed up your computer and make it run more efficiently. Keep reading for more information.

Try turning off your laptop and then turning it back on.

Sometimes this can solve the problem if your laptop is just running slowly.

If you’re using it on battery power, try using it while plugged in to see if that makes a difference. A lot of laptops are designed for use when they’re plugged into the wall; some don’t run as well on battery power.

Closeout whatever programs you aren’t currently using and only open the ones you need. This will make it load faster because there’s less running in the background. You might also want to close down any tabs or windows that are open in your internet browser; this will make things go even faster than having too many windows open creates extra work for your processor to do.

Sometimes Windows updates could be clogging your system, so turning it off could be helpful. You can also go to Start, then click on “Task Manager” and under the tab labeled “More Details” find Windows Update. Right-click it and select “Stop.”

Clean your desktop – remove bloatware

The next step is to clean up your desktop, moving everything into folders so that you have fewer icons for your computer to load. You might also consider uninstalling programs and other junk files that typically come with the system – called bloatware that is slowing down performance.

Check your memory

Some newer laptops come with very limited RAM these days – 2GB or 4GB to speak. With Windows 10, such laptops will struggle from our personal experience. Make sure you have a minimum of 8 GB RAM, preferably 12 GB. Note that only those laptops with Windows 10 Professional edition will be able to tap into the full memory that your hardware can offer.

Inspect your battery health

To do this, go to the Start Menu and look for “Settings.” In there, click on “System” and then select “Battery.” If you see an option to check the status of the “Health,” click it – it might say something like “0% available (plugged in, not charging).” If so, follow Microsoft’s instructions when you plug in your laptop via AC power cord when not using it. Check under Battery -> Power Settings -> Change Plan Settings -> Change Advanced Power Settings -> Battery Setting -> Low Battery Level. Then, set it to a higher percentage so you can get more use out of your battery before charging is required.

When you’re using a lot of tabs in one browser window it’s easy to overload the memory which will slow down a computer a lot. If you don’t need as many windows open, try closing some of them and see if that doesn’t help.

Find the best power settings for your laptop’s hardware

If you have a 2-in-1 device with a detachable screen, plug in the keyboard and check to see if there are any power options listed under “Connected Standby.” If not, right-click where it says “Hibernate” and look for an option that says “Connected Standby” – that means that even when connected to mains electricity, Windows 10 will allow apps to run as if they’re running on battery. This saves some battery life but may impact performance on some.

To adjust this setting, click the battery icon in your taskbar, then scroll down to “Battery Settings” and head into the Power & sleep page. From here you can adjust when Windows 10 will enter connected standby mode. Under “Sleep” select “Change Plan Settings”, then set connected standby to 20%

You can also adjust this setting by searching for ‘battery’ from Cortana’s search bar.

At the bottom of this menu are options to control what apps can run on standby – turn off background activity for as many apps as possible.

Windows 10 is designed with battery life in mind – it allows certain things, like system updates to run when you’re not using your laptop so that they don’t interfere with your work or leisure time. However, this can affect performance if your laptop feels sluggish.

To adjust how your system handles updates, search “Updates” in Cortana. Click on “Advanced Options”, then set to metered connection and hit apply. You can also do so via the settings menu under “Update & Security”.

Under the power options menu, select change plan settings next to your current power plan (high-performance unless you have changed it). Click on Change advanced power settings, go to Processor Power Management and change both Minimum processor state and Maximum processor state to 99%. This will disable OS-managed ramping, which saves battery life but slows down performance by scaling up the CPU lazily instead of instantly at full throttle when needed. Play around with these options – for example, you could try playing with the Minimum processor state setting to dynamically downclock when plugged in, but keep the Maximum processor state at 100% all the time.

Upgrade a few components

We know that you’ve splashed a lot of money on your new laptop, but two minor upgrades can bring about a world of difference in the performance of your new laptop and preserve the life of your laptop.

Upgrade your RAM

Upgrading your RAM to 8GB or 16 GB is cost-effective and worth it.

Upgrade your hard drive to an SSD

The bottleneck in most computers is always the read/write speed of the hard drive. Upgrade it to a solid-state drive (SSD) and you’ll be able to open your programs up much faster!  

Our laptop specialists always have a knack to make things faster – so if you’re not convinced with the above – ring us to find out how we can help!

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...