You’re excited about your new laptop, but once it’s unpacked, connected to Wi-Fi, and ready to go, you’ll wonder, “Why is my new computer so slow?”
It feels awful, but now you’re a few hundred dollars short and stuck with a slow laptop. Don’t feel bad. We tell you how to repair a new laptop.
1. Disable Startup Programs
New computers often come with apps set to start on startup. It’s easy to understand how your computer can have problems booting up and performing tasks quickly when a dozen apps are running in the background, keeping the CPU busy.
You would think that only low-end computers are prone to loss of resources due to an excessive number of startup programs. That is far from true.
It doesn’t matter how high-end your computer is, when your computer’s resources are focused on launching many apps right on startup, it will slow the startup down considerably.
The simple solution is to disable startup programs. Switch off:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager. You can also press Ctrl + Alt + Del and open Task Manager from there.
- Switch to the To start tab.
- Right-click a program in the list and select Turn of† Repeat for all programs you want to disable, especially those with a “High” Startup Impact†
The next time you restart the PC, the apps you disabled will not launch with the operating system. Instead, they only launch when you use them.
Keep in mind that even if you disable launching an app with Windows, if that app is currently running, it will continue to work until you restart your PC.
If you want to stop those apps right away, switch to the Processes tab. Right click on all the apps you want to close and select End of task†
2. Remove bloatware
Bloatware is a name for the unnecessary manufacturer programs installed on your computer. Since a new laptop comes with a lot of junk, it can take up a lot of system resources and significantly affect the performance of your computer.
For example, many people have multiple web browsers installed on their PC, even though they only use one. To keep your computer running at optimum speed, it’s best to remove browsers you don’t use.
There are several quick ways to remove bloatware:
Uninstall via Control Panel
The easiest way is to remove programs from the Control Panel. The process is the same for Windows 10 and 11:
- Launch the Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Select the program you want to remove and select the remove button at the top.
Delete via Settings
Another way to remove bloatware is to use the Settings app.
- press the To win key, search for Add or remove programs in the Start menu and select the best match. You can also press Win + I to launch the Settings app and navigate to apps † Apps and Features†
- You will see a list of installed apps on the next screen. Click on the vertical ellipse and select remove†
Uninstall using third-party tools
You can also use third party tools to remove bloatware. The exact process varies, of course, depending on the tool you’re using.
3. Disable Power Saver Mode
Your new computer may be set to automatically enter Power Saver mode. In most cases, your laptop will go into power saving mode when the battery level drops below 20%.
Windows stops using all unnecessary services and processes in power-saving mode, slows down background programs and tries to run on the bare minimum of resources. The result is a laptop that seems to run slower than a turtle.
You can disable Power Saver mode by plugging the charging cable into the laptop. If you don’t have access to the charging cable, you can also go to Control panel † Hardware and Sound † Power management and select a different power plan.
Keep in mind that your battery will likely run out quickly, so be sure to save your work if you can’t charge the laptop right away.
4. Is Windows Update running?
A new laptop may have automatic updates enabled. Running the update process in the background will negatively impact your PC’s performance.
The magnitude of the impact depends on several factors, such as the size of the update, the available memory on your computer, and the speed of the Internet connection.
You can check if Windows Update is running by checking the notification area in the taskbar. You will see the Windows Update icon there if the process is running.
If Windows Update is already downloading or installing updates, let it finish. In the future, you can prevent Windows Update from consuming resources without your permission by requiring Windows to prompt you before starting an update.
To do this, you need to adjust the registry settings. However, make sure you Registry backed up before making changes. A mistake can put your new computer in an even more difficult situation.
- Press Win + Rtype regeditand press Enter†
- Copy and paste this into the navigation bar and press Enter†
- Right click on Windows and select New † Key† You name it Windows Update†
- Right click on the new key and create another key by selecting New † Key† Name the key AU.
- Select the AU key, right click in the white space in the right pane and select New † DWORD Where the† Name the value AUOptions†
- Double click on AUOptions and change the value to 2.
Windows will always ask for confirmation before updating Windows after adding this registry value. Doing this will ensure that you can only update your new computer if you don’t do anything important with it.
5. Check Your Computer’s Specifications
Did you buy your computer for an attractive price? Sometimes, if you get too caught up in the price tag, you end up buying a low-spec computer.
For example, it may have less than enough RAM (Random Access Memory) or a previous generation processor resulting in a slower computer.
If you have the option to get full store credit, you may want to reconsider your choice. Have the current computer exchanged for one that can provide better performance.
If trading isn’t an option, you can try to get some upgrades. If you are low on RAM or storage space, you can enlist the help of a technician to upgrade the RAM or replace your hard drive with an SSD (Solid State Drive).
You can also replace your current processor, motherboard or GPU for improved processing power and performance.
Upgrades are more work than replacement, so keep specs in mind when buying your next gadget.
6. Keep your PC running smoothly
Once you’re done troubleshooting, there are some best practices to follow to ensure your computer’s performance is always optimal.
For example, clean temporary files often, remove unnecessary browser extensions and add-ons, and protect your computer from malware and spyware.
If your computer is not new but has become slow over time, there are always ways to improve your PC’s slow performance, such as running a malware scan with an antivirus program, running disk cleanup to free up hard drive space, and defragment the hard drive. When all else fails, reinstall windows†