Desktop PCs were the norm ten years ago. Today, more and more people appreciate the convenience and portability of laptops. Keep reading to find out how you can quickly and easily increase the performance of your laptop.

6) Optimize your list of startup programs: Every time your laptop boots up, it loads a bunch of different programs. Most users only ever use a handful of these programs. By removing some of these unnecessary programs from your startup list, you can improve the speed of your laptop and reduce the time it takes to start up. To do this, go to your Start menu and run a process called msconfig. Or, if you’re a Windows 7 user, type msconfig into the search bar. This tool allows you to pick and choose which programs start up. Alternatively, there are PC optimization programs that will do all of this for you.

5) Invest in an effective antivirus cleaner: Many laptop users scrape by using a free antivirus program, or worse, no antivirus program at all. Viruses have never been more dangerous than they are today, and it’s important that your laptop gets the protection that it needs. Invest in a good antivirus scanner (which can be found for under $40) and your computer will reward you with faster performance.

4) Remove old temporary internet files: Most laptops have less hard drive storage room than the average desktop computer. This means that space is at a premium. To free up room on your hard drive – and protect your laptop while you’re at it – it’s important to regularly delete temporary internet files. This can easily be done through your internet browser, or by using a program like PC Cleaner Pro 2012.

3) Cool down your laptop: If you usually run your laptop while on your bed or a couch, then you’re probably blocking its fans. This can lead to overheated components and other problems. Try placing your laptop on a hard surface, like a desk, especially if you’re running performance-intensive programs like video games.

2) Uninstall unused programs: Many laptops come preinstalled with programs that you will never use. These take up space on your hard drive and can hog system resources. To remove these applications, simply go to your Windows control panel and click on the ‘Uninstall programs’ button.

1) Clean your Windows Registry: Whether you’ve heard about it or not, the Windows Registry is one of the most important parts of your laptop. It is used by every single piece of software on your PC and is filled with essential data. By optimizing your registry with a good registry cleaner, you can improve your laptop’s performance and ensure that your hard drive is running as smoothly as possible.

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