How do I make my old laptop run faster?

January 26, 2017 at 06:49:10
Specs: Windows 10 Pro, Intel Pentium B950 2.10GHz / 4 gigs
Hi everyone,

So, here's my problem. Last year, I bought a new laptop for my studies. It's my first year in college. But before that, I had another laptop. I used it for like 5 years for school and personal stuff and it did great work. I managed to keep it clean and good running since I studied informatics. But off course, after 5 years it slowed down a lot, and it wasn't exactly a laptop for heavy duty either. But now that I didn't really used it anymore, I decided that I could use it for entertainment. I bought myself a wireless keyboard and I connected my old laptop through HDMI to my tv. I changed my settings so that it doens't go on stand-by when I close him. It also never goes to sleep mode because I can't start him with the wireless keyboard. so it is constantly running while it's closed. I work on the laptop from my couch on the tv.

I formatted the laptop and installed Windows 10 instead of Windows 7. When this was done, I downloadded plex server so I could see movies on my tv, or on my new laptop while streaming from my old one, even when I'm in school. I started downloadding movies for my plex on my old laptop, but when it was downloadding movies and running plex server at the same time, It just shutted itself down somethimes. I thought it had to be from the warmth it produced, since the ventilation wasn't that great. So I bought myself a little cooling plate. It didn't solve the problem. It even became worse. My laptop became very very slow, but when I unplug it from my tv and keyboard and don't run plex or download a movie, it runs perfectly. My hard disk was also suddenly full and I don't know why because there are only like 70 movies on it, and they are all max. 2 gigs, and my hard disk has 600 gigs of space.

I'm a little desperate now and don't know what to do. Should I buy an external hard disk? should I run a file server on it so I can download my movies on my new pc? Is my pc just to old and can't be fixed anymore? should I buy a better cooling plate? Should I run a less heavy operating system? Does a complete format delete everything? Or could it be a virus that survived the format?

I don't know anymore and I don't want to put to much money in it anymore... Do you have some ideas? Thanks in advance.

ps: I'm sorry if my english isn't that good, It isn't my native language.

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January 26, 2017 at 06:59:46
It might run better using Windows 7 if that's what it came with.

Go to "Task Manger > Startup" and see what you can disable (manage without). Also look under Processes to see if something is hogging the CPU or RAM (memory).

If you want to check whether it is overheating use this free program:

If you are certain you wiped the hard disk then it is unlikely that a virus survived it. If you want to check, these three freebies often unearth what an anti-virus can miss. Run them in the order given:

(blue "Download Now" button on right).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Clean" button.

Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)
(blue Download button).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run JRT. It might appear to have stopped at times or flash the screen but sit tight until it has finished.

(use the "Free Download" button rather than the "Buy Now" button).
Install and Run the Threat Scan - quarantine anything it finds.

In normal usage make sure you have only one anti-virus running in real-time as they can argue with each other.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 26, 2017 at 13:02:41
For a given system and whichever version of windows is installed, the easiest way to speed it up is to ensure you have adequate RAM.

Win-7 can handle more than 4Gig RAM as can win-10, according to this link which lists all the windows versions and RAM usage:

The specs in your post header - are they relating to the laptop under discussion?

If you have a lot of "stuff" running in the background, that will slow down the system to some degree; each app/utility uses up resources... Likewise unintended junkware...; to which Derek refers and how to clear it out.

Also regularly ensuring the disk is clear of temp files, defragged, and ensuring your profile isn't any larger than it needs to be. In effect run diskclean (the utility within windows).

Also ensure "all" cooling vents are free of accumulated dust etc... Get a can of compressed air and blow out all vents.

Edited by trvlr to correct typos...

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January 26, 2017 at 14:20:45
Here is a site you may find helpful.
I would advise you to Read everything before you begin.

I've used this site since XP days, if you follow directions and make a record of what you did so you can reverse it if need be, you should be OK.


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