How to boost your laptop: (Hardware and software)

As computer programs evolve over the years, many laptops appear obsolete in their declining performance. There are effective and often inexpensive solutions of how to boost your Laptop PC. Whether on the software side or the hardware side, here is an overview of the possibilities.

How to boost your laptop Hardware and software – Detailed Guide

Here are some tips to give your Laptop a boost. They do not require extensive computer skills and are therefore within everyone’s reach.

Defragment the hard drive of a PC

How to boost your laptop Hardware and software - Full Guide

If your PC has a mechanical hard drive (not an SSD), it’s important to defragment the latter first. This operation will rearrange the disk to put each item in the correct order. Defragmentation can take several hours to complete and is a good solution to increase the reading speed of a hard drive.

Configure the appearance of Windows

Configure the appearance of Windows

It is undeniable to say that Windows has gotten better in recent years. However, these improvements are not always beneficial, especially for slightly light hardware configurations. The visual aspect, mainly the effects of Windows, is therefore imposed to the detriment of the performance of the computer. To optimize your Laptop, you should go to the “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows” panel (for Windows 10).

In the tab labeled “Visual effects”, select ” Adjust for best performance “. Note that you can always change this adjustment as you wish by turning the effects on / off on your own.

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Make room on the hard drive

Windows operating system requires minimum space to run. Without this space, it would not be possible to install it on a computer. However, be aware that the more cluttered your hard drive, the slower Windows will slow down. This is also the reason why the progress bar indicating the free space on your best laptop PC may turn red under a certain limit.

So remember to clean your disk: uninstall any software that you do not use and delete unnecessary and large documents.

Speed ​​up a computer by replacing components

The software solutions proposed above are not enough? Now let’s take a look at the hardware solutions that will really boost your PC’s performance.

Replace hard drive with SSD

This part on hard disks works as well on a laptop as on a fixed pc.

hard drive with SSD

The first trick to giving your computer a second life is to change your old hard drive. As the prices of SSDs have fallen sharply in recent times, it is often more profitable to replace a drive than to change computers. Unlike a hard drive, the internal SSD is made up of “flash memory” just like a USB drive. This property makes it a reliable drive over time but above all much faster than a hard drive., in reading as in writing. If you go on an SSD, you will have to choose between 2 formats. We find the SATA format (in M.2 or 2.5 ″) and the NVMe format in PCI express or M.2. NVMe is more expensive but also faster. Then it’s up to you to see the locations available on your motherboard.

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Here are 2 references that we can advise you:

The first SSD is a Samsung 970 EVO 1Tb in NVMe M.2. You can find on the product sheet its 500 GB version which is, of course, half the price:

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Samsung 970 EVO 1Tb in NVMe M.2

The second is in SATA format, it is the Crucial MX500 which is very affordable. It may not be as fast as the latest innovations, but it will be way above all your old mechanical hard drives for tighter budgets. We offer the 1Tb version here but there are other options for the storage size:

Crucial MX500
Crucial MX500

Do not forget to make sure of the available physical space and the connections of your laptop pc before proceeding to the purchase. These models can obviously be installed in a tower.

Add RAM memory

2 × 8 Giga in SO-DIMM by Corsair
Corsair Memory Kit 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4

The amount of RAM memory, also called random access memory, plays a crucial role in the power of a PC. The first thing to do before considering a RAM change is to find out about your motherboard model. A quick little research will then allow you to determine the maximum amount of RAM that your motherboard can support.

Well, generally this point is specified in the documentation of your laptop. Also pay attention to your version of Windows: some old editions (Windows 7, depending on the Home or Pro version) software limit the amount of RAM that can be mounted. Your laptop computer generally integrates RAM in SO-DIMM (Small outline dual in-line memory module) format like the Corsair Vengeance above.

Before buying, check if your laptop has one or two slots available to place the RAM. Some manufacturers weld one of their RAMs to one of the two locations. It would be a shame to buy 2 bars at once! Regarding the installation, the operation is very easy to do and will only require a screwdriver and 10 to 20 minutes of free time. Some laptops have a small hatch to directly access the RAM.

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If you have a tower (a fixed pc), you can take a look at our selection of DDR4 RAM memory to install on your PC. It is difficult here to present you with a reference model because it will depend a lot on the format (DDR3 or DDR4) accepted by your motherboard. Then also comes the usefulness of memory and the performance you are looking for.

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