Why is my laptop so slow?

this is my laptop it's the Acer Aspire v15 and I picked it up late 2016 and it was

my first working laptop that I used to edit a lot of the videos that you've

seen on this channel and make websites and graphics and basically a general

computer until I built this guy and that's that's the computer that I do

most of my work on now but from time to time I still need to without the old

laptop and take it with me if I travel or if I want to do the work from my

couch the problem is that over time my laptop has gotten slower and slower if

you're watching this video the chances are that you're probably dealing with a

similar problem with your laptop and it's a very common one the issue that

you may be familiar with is when you log in for the first time

can't let you know what my super-secret pin code is you log in for the first

time and everything slows down in fact you can't open up any apps and it's

extremely frustrating why does it do that well let's open up test manager and

take a look so you see here the disk which is the storage if you're

unfamiliar is I had a hundred percent now this doesn't mean that it's full

this means that it's activity is at full capacity means it's reading and writing

to the maximum ability it can't so any other application or thing you try to

pull up can't because there's a waiting list there's a line because it's working

on stuff well what's it working on you could scroll down that list and look at

any number of applications that start when you start the computer in fact as

time goes on and you install more programs and Windows updates and yada

yada yada whenever you turn your computer on that's like flipping the

switch in an office building and all the workers are trying to file in and punch

in for work and they're tracking online to see what there is to update and what

there is to do and logging in and you know the drill

you've worked in a place I hope you have a job and when it does that it crams

the hard drive because everything is trying to pull information from the hard

drive at the same time so that slows things down but why is this seemingly a

issue only with laptops that's because laptop manufacturers tend

to cheap out when it comes to the stores now not all of them it's just a tendency

when you get any somewhat average laptop like I have storage is one of the areas

they feel that they can sort of lower the standards on so they install slower

hard drives that only spend at 5400 rpm now that's the average laptop hard drive

speed and that is dog slow you know may not sound that slow but that means that

the disk is spinning at 5400 rpm which isn't bad but when you think about every

little bit of information it reads it has to spin around and find it on the

disk before the laser can pick up that spot on the disk with the information

that it's trying to pull and with all the information that it has

to pull on a computer for applications and software has to do that a lot a lot

so the faster the better now a standard hard drive for a regular desktop would

be around 7200 rpm which is granted a lot faster but it's still not fast

enough compared to flash flash storage is what your phone uses you may have

even noticed that your phone no matter how old it is tends to act even faster

than your laptop sometimes that's because it's using flash memory and how

you you generally use flash memory in the laptop is with an SSD or a

solid-state drive this drive doesn't have any moving parts and no rotations

that has to wait around for so much newer technology and slightly bit more

expensive however it has gotten a lot cheaper you can buy a 500 gig drive for

around 60 bucks or so or you could get a terabyte for about 120 or so depending

of course on the brand and the quality yeah sounds great but does that mean

that I have to go out and buy a whole new laptop no in fact that might be a

mistake that'd be a lot more costly what you can do how

as you can simply replace the hard drive that you have in your laptop with an SSD

now that isn't without any hiccups you will have to reinstall windows and back

everything up beforehand and then reinstall everything now after a couple

hours you could have a much faster working computer how fast well generally

speaking compared to a 7200 rpm hard drive which is in your desktop possibly

which is more of a higher standard for desktop hard drives an SSD can be

upwards to five times faster or 500% 500% sounds a lot more so we can go with

that but compared to your laptop it could be

seven or ten times faster that's fast but is that the only thing that might be

making your laptop slow well it could be a few other things most people want to

blame the CPU they say that their CPU is garbage and that could be true but for

the most part if your CPU is dual core quad core and clocks around 2.2

gigahertz or so you're probably fine that is unless you're trying to gain the

snot out of it with some pretty heavy hitters not to mention that the CPU is

pretty much impossible to replace on your laptop now the only things you

really typically can replace on the laptop are the hard drive or SSD the RAM

and optical drive if you have one speaking of the optical drive if you

have an optical drive or a DVD player built into your laptop a lot of times

that is a tray that can be removed and you can replace it with an SSD so if you

don't want to go through the hassle of ripping out the hard drive of your old

laptop you could potentially just get rid of your old DVD Drive which who is

who am i kidding who you can you're no one's using that anymore you could get

rid of that and just put an SSD in and transfer things over if you want Windows

to run off of it which I recommend more than anything else in the world you will

still have to reinstall it but it'll be a little bit easier to transfer things

over this way another thing that you should factor in is if your hard drive

is too full now this happens fairly often and if your hard drive is too full

then it's like a warehouse that's over packed and you're trying to move things

or it's really really hard and can't be

done easily free up some of the stuff you're not using anymore and that should

help a little bit the last thing we're going to talk about

is antivirus antivirus software is kind of outdated it's done if you have

antivirus it's probably old outdated and not really even useful anymore or it is

a virus in itself another thing to remember is if you try to pair antivirus

with another antivirus like if you have to installed in one system they'll fight

each other and slow down your computer and usually can tell when your cpu is

maxed out at a hundred percent when it does that

protip on the side task manager tells you a lot of things if anything's maxed

out at a hundred percent that means that you're either doing something wrong or

you need an upgrade of some sort now hold on Micah are you trying to

sneak me out of antivirus so that you can get in and steal the goods from my

precious precious that's hard to say consecutively precious precious no in

fact most of the antivirus that you can buy in a store is pretty much garbage

now oh yeah they'll try to use fear tactics and making you think you need

them in fact if any antivirus magically shows up on your computer that's a virus

you know the ones worth are like oh you have to activate now although there's

viruses detected that's all viruses in case you didn't already know but if you

have Windows 10 regularly update it you're good to go because Windows

Defender has kept me safe at least since day one and I haven't really had any

real problems I've had a lot less then I've had in the past with things even

like AVG and stuff like that so unless you have a super-secret job that

requires you to have high-level encryption and at that point they give

you your own antivirus software that they have on your own Windows Defender

does just fine and it's enough to have that on there then crowding it with

other antivirus software so to sum everything back up a an SSD is your

biggest ticket to speeding up your laptop if everything's on the hard drive

that's really slow then it's gonna take forever for anything to get around to

doing anything swap that and you're good to go

you're gonna be living in the future for a while a met check task manager

and check to make sure that nothing's running at a hundred percent you can

tell a lot by the percentages by RAM usually the system will take up to 20

percent or so maybe 30 percent of your total ram if there's a lot going on just

on idle and it's going higher than that you might want to add a little extra RAM

to help things out a little bit because when your RAM fills up it starts storing

things onto your hard drive which just is insanely slow and it's it's terrible

and you're done so at that point and that's my summary on how to unload your

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you with your tech in the future see ya