The laptop I am using at home is older and doesn’t run very well. What should I do?

Many computers and laptops that have a few years on them can still work effectively if their operating system is maintained. Before you consider throwing the older device out, try fixing some common system performance issues. Click here for a link to an article that explains 14 things you can do to speed up an old laptop or PC using Windows 10, 8 or 7. Some of these suggestions maybe seem a little intimidating to try, but suggestions #1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 12 from the article aren’t too technical. Always perform #9 last. 

Two mistakes commonly made are storing files on the desktop and keeping old files in the Recycle Bin. This takes away from your computer’s RAM memory, which definitely slows down the system operations. Remember to:

  1. get files off your laptop’s desktop (shortcuts you may have don’t slow down the computer, but storing program files like a Word document or spreadsheet on the desktop does); and 
  2. empty the Recycle Bin regularly.