Why is my laptop running slow after a Windows Update?

Why is my laptop running slow after a Windows Update?

Why does my laptop run slow after a Windows Update?

If your laptop is running slow after installing an update, you may need to do a little troubleshooting.

There are eight main reasons why this might happen:

The update needs more time than normal to install and configure itself

This can be especially true if the update is large, like the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. A quick fix for this is to force your laptop to shut down instead of sleep when you don’t want it to finish installing updates.

Your computer simply needs more time than normal to let the machine boot back up again after an update. If you know that you need a little extra time after updating, then just plan accordingly by being patient while waiting on cooldown periods. Once your computer is running normally, you can safely use apps again. Check to see if there are any updates available for your PC’s hardware–you may be able to boost performance by updating things like your graphics card or sound cards.

Laptop slow starts after Windows 10 update

Another reason why your laptop runs slowly could be related to the updates you just installed.

We’re seeing an issue where people who have not enabled automatic Updates are experiencing issues with their Microsoft Accounts after installing cumulative updates as automatic updates weren’t turned on.

To re-enable Automatic Updates, please follow the steps below:

1) From Settings click on Update & security

2) Click on Advanced Options 3)

Under Choose how updates get installed choose Automatic (recommended) for both options

4) Select Save Changes” to finish

There is a conflict with another software or hardware installed on the computer

A driver or hardware on your laptop may not work with an update. To fix this temporarily, uninstall the app until you’ve double-checked all of the apps on your machine for compatibility with new Windows features and updates.

Another reason why your laptop is running slow after a Windows update is because there could be a conflict with another software or hardware installed on the computer. The laptop might be running slowly because it can’t handle the additional load or the hardware changes that a Windows update brought to the system.

Repair your laptop from external damage

Another reason why your laptop might be running slowly after a Windows update is because of external damages. Your PC could have been accidentally dropped or it could have been infected by a virus that slowed down its performance. If you’re not too tech-savvy, then you should contact a technician who will clean and repair your machine from any possible physical damage.

Failure during installation process can also cause this problem: make sure all software and hardware drivers are compatible with each other and up to date (Monitor manufacturer’s support site to download drivers).  Update your BIOS for better compatibility with Windows Updates.

There wasn’t enough hard drive space available for the update.

Another reason why the laptop slows down after a Windows update is when there wasn’t enough space on your hard drive for the update to proceed as it should. This means that the update was not completed and now your laptop is running slower than usual.

Because of the incomplete update, the computer doesn’t know how to run properly.  To fix this problem, make sure there’s enough space on you hard drive for updates to install. You can also free up disk space by: deleting unnecessary files like old programs and pictures; moving unneeded pictures and programs to an external storage device; uninstalling unused applications; running a disk cloning program such as Acronis True Image which allows you to copy all your data onto another hard drive or into another computer.

Also, remove temporary files by deleting unwanted programs and apps (with uninstaller); clear temp folders including cookies and browsing history, delete off-line content like email copies (hide this folder if using Outlook Express), clean up ‘Restore Folder’ and defrag disk drive.

An issue with your RAM

A low RAM memory can also cause performance issues. To check your RAM usage, open the Task Manager by right clicking on the taskbar and then click on “Task Manager”. If you’re having issues with Windows 7 update slowing down speed, you may want to consider uninstalling some updates from your machine (after backing up your data).

Check your computer for malware / virus

Another possible reason why Windows 7 or Windows 10 runs slow after update is that your computer might have been infected by a computer virus or malware, and not just updates. Malicious software can slow you down and can even lead to more serious problems such as permanently damaged hardware and corrupted files. Try running a full system scan with an antivirus program like Norton Antivirus (see weblink for info on how) to see if it finds any viruses or worms.

Hard Drive worn out?

A physical check of your hard disk through a software diagnostic utility may determine if the problem is with your hard drive. If your hard drive shows up with bad sectors; our laptop repair technicians can replace your hard drive and your laptop should work like new again!

Other tips

If these tips don’t work out, you can look at resetting your PC or reinstalling Windows completely to see if a clean install will fix your sluggish laptop. This is a last resort, but it might be necessary if the above fixes don’t work or you don’t want to wait for Microsoft’s next update to solve the problem. It will erase all of your data though so make sure everything important is backed up before you start this process.

If resetting or reinstalling won’t do the trick, ask the store you bought it from if they’ll replace your PC with one that runs faster and more smoothly.

Why does my laptop keep restarting after Windows 10 update?

If you’re dealing with computer that keeps restarting, then this is probably caused by something specific to your machine rather than a major Windows update issue. Luckily, these restarts could be temporary and only last until you install all of the system updates. You could also want to consider checking for BIOS updates because older computers often come with bugs in their basic software (BIOS) that can cause random restarts throughout operation.

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...