Why Has My Computer Slowed Down?

When we unbox a new laptop or computer and first use it, it runs as smooth as butter! But after a few months it slows down and oftentimes becomes unusable. This effect is most obvious on Windows devices. There are several possibilities to consider either alone or in combination:

  1. The files have become fragmented on the hard disk, a normal phenomenon
  2. There is a physical issue with the disk such as bad sectors or a logical issue such as file system corruption
  3. There are too many background programs running and not enough RAM (memory) or CPU power to meet the demand
  4. There is malware running and using up resources
  5. The main drive is almost full
  6. The laptop or computer is too old for the version of OS installed

Hardware Upgrades

On most laptops, only the RAM (memory) and hard drive/solid-state drive can be upgraded. The CPU is soldered onto the motherboard and cannot be swapped except with highly specialised tools and training. The same is true of the graphics controller, which may be integrated with the CPU as part of a system-on-a-chip (SoC).

When performing a RAM upgrade, you must consider the type/generation of RAM (e.g. DDR3, DDR4) and the speed of RAM supported by the system.

Replacing a faulty hard drive with a new one will resolve related speed issues. However when possible, you should consider upgrading to an SSD (solid-state drive) which offers greatly improved performance and durability compared to hard drives. SSDs are more expensive per GB (A 1TB hard drive and a 512GB SSD can be similar in price) but the performance increase is worth it when considering that cloud storage is so accessible. SSDs are available that fit directly into the space occupied by a conventional hard drive, in sizes of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB.

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