There’s nothing more annoying than a slow-running laptop, especially when you’ve got work to do. But it’s something that affects millions of us every day, leading to levels of rage which can cause us to lose our jobs, break up with our families, and get us thrown in jail in extreme circumstances.

With that said, the good news is that there is a lot that you can do to prevent laptop rage. Here are some ways to deal with a slow laptop and get your life back on track.

Update Your Operating System

Despite their massive budgets, neither Apple nor Microsoft has perfectly optimised products. Both their operating systems have bugs and flaws which slow them down, even years after release. The software ecosystem is just very complicated.

However, by updating your OS, you can often speed up your computer. Windows 10 will usually update automatically. But you can also check for new updates by going to settings and selecting the relevant option under “Windows Update.”

On a Mac system, you’ll have to go to system preferences and then app store. Once you’re there, select the option to automatically check for updates.

You’re Still Using A Spinning Hard Disk

According to laptop.review, one of the primary determinants of the speed of a laptop is the type of drive it uses. Faster laptops use SSDs, or solid state discs, while slower models use old-fashioned spinning hard drives.

SSDs are faster for many reasons, but the big one is that they don’t have any moving parts. There’s no need to find the relevant part of the disc, read it and then relay that information back to the computer’s central processing unit. It’s all done much faster when there are no moving parts to worry about.

You’re Multitasking, But You Don’t Realise It

Companies are constantly trying to get us to download and use bloatware, like desktop apps. They do this so that they can open up targeted marketing channels with us, and remind us every day of their products and business. But all this bloatware can have an unfortunate side effect: slowing down your PC.

Next time you open your laptop, go into the task manager. Go through each item on the list of running applications and highlight any that you’re not using at that particular moment. Make a listen, and then go to the startup option, and uncheck any nonessential programs to prevent them from opening when you switch on your computer in the morning. Just be careful you don’t disable any system-critical programs, otherwise you might have bigger problems on your hands.

You’ve Got A Fragmented Drive

If you’ve had our laptop for a long time, there’s a good chance, according to telegraph.co.uk, that your drive is fragmented. Writing and re-writing data onto drives eventually causes the data on them to get split up, meaning that to access a particular file, the hard disk has to jump from one part of the drive to another. Put a stop to that by using a program, like Defraggler.