In this guide, you’ll learn how to speed up a low-end Windows 10 Laptop and its overall performance.

A lot of time I get this complaint from my friends that their laptop is running slow and what I usually ask first is, what are the specs of the laptop? and it’s quite disturbing that some of them don’t even know.

So, I discovered that lack of knowledge about laptops and PCs has actually led to many buying a laptop with low performance. If you’re not a tech person, it’s kind of hard for you to tell which laptop is better, you can only guess when you’re given a laptop of the same model but housing different specs.

Read also: Top 8 Powerful Tools To Customize your Windows 10

Let’s look at the Lenovo G50-70 laptop series for example;

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Lenovo G50-70
Display Resolution 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1366 x 768
Processor Family Intel 5th Generation Core i7 Intel Core i5 4th Gen 4210U (1.70 GHz) Intel Core i3 (4th Gen) 4030U / 1.9 GHz
RAM Size 8GB 6 GB 6 GB
Graphics Card Capacity Intel HD Graphics 4400 Intel HD Graphics 4400 Intel HD Graphics 4400
OS  Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1


Even though all three Lenovo G50-70 laptops use the same operating system, Intel HD graphics and RAM size (a bit different), they all exhibit different sets of processors. Funny enough, all three laptops are considered a low-end laptop.

Now, now you’re probably thinking if the above laptops are low-end then what is a high-end laptop. We’re going to be talking about both that next, read on…

What Is A Low-End Laptop?

Basically, low-end laptops are low cost or low specs laptops. These kinds of laptops are designed to carry out day to day task and cannot handle intensive programs or games.  Also, these kinds of laptops are limited to upgrades.

We can take the Lenovo G50-70 series as a good example of a low-end PC. The Lenovo G50-70 is a good laptop, but it is not designed for intensive programs or games.

Now, let’s go to the next…

What Is A High-End Laptop?

Just as the term implies, a high-end laptop is a high cost or high spec laptop. These types of laptops use powerful processor and dedicated graphics cards. They can run all of the newest games and intensivee programs smoothly, and continue to do so for some time, preferably years.

An example is the Acer Predator Helios 300. See specs;

how to speed up a low-end laptop
Acer Predator Helios 300
CPU Intel Core i7-8750H (hexacore 2.2GHz)
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 + Intel UHD Graphics 630
Screen Full HD | 15.6-inch
Storage 256GB SSD


The Acer Predator Helios 300 is a high-end laptop and it cost around $1050 – $10,100 and yet, it is still regarded as a budget gaming laptop. I guess I don’t need to explain further, you should be able to dig the meaning of that already.

You can see the Acer Predator Helios 300 surpasses the Lenovo G50-70 by far and will handle multi-tasking better.

Now, without much ado, let’s see simples steps to speed up a low-end Windows 10 laptop

How to speed up a low-end Windows 10 laptop

Whether you’re running a low-end laptop or PC, you’ll find the guides I’m about to share with you really useful.

STEP 1. Add More RAM

How To Speed Up A Low-end Windows 10 Laptop For Gaming

Adding more RAM memory helps you maintain a better system performance. When working with complex software programs (such as games, video editors, Auto CAD etc), they eat up the RAM memory, so adding more RAM would help you get a better performance when dealing with heavy programs.

However, low-end laptops or PC’s has a limited to which you can raise the RAM memory, so before you decide to upgrade your RAM, you should find out the highest amount of RAM memory you can install on your laptop or PC from your the manufacturers’ website.

STEP 2. Disable Startup Programs

Startup programs are programs that start up with your laptop/PC immediately you turn it on. Too many unwanted start-up programs would cause your PC boot time slow and also decreases the system performance, as most of the start-up programs will continue to run in the background and eat up the systems’ memory.
How To Speed Up A Low-end Windows 10 Laptop For GamingTo disable start-up programs, simply launch your task manager, click on start-up program, select the programs you don’t want running and click Disable.

Note: (1) Do not disable any Microsoft program. (2) Do not disable your antivirus engine too. (3) If you have more than one antivirus engine, keep one and uninstall the rest.

Read also: Reasons More Than One Antivirus packages on one PC is bad

STEP 3. Disable Unwanted Running services

These services are background service which continues to run on your PC and can render systems responsiveness slow at times.
How To Speed Up A Low-end Windows 10 Laptop For Gaming

To disable this services, press key combination “Windows + R” to launch the run command, now type “msconfig” and hit enter.

Now, click the service tab, first off, tick the Hide Microsoft service option, this will hide all running Microsoft service. And now you can disable any service you don’t want running

STEP 4. Delete Windows Temp Files

Windows temp files (Temporary files) are junk files which have no important use on your laptop. These files are created by the operating system during operation when their’s not enough memory for the task you’re working on.

Although temp files can be useful at times, they are also created for backup purposes, by software packages like Microsoft office package to saves a brief record of an open file every short time.

When you’re working on a document the program creates a temp file so that whenever the program crashes unexpectedly, the temporary files lets you recover lost data.

Temp files are supposed to get delete immediately you save and close your program but this isn’t always continually the case, leading to wasted disk space.

You can delete temp file by using the following run command.

  • Temp
  • %temp%
  • prefetch

Select all file and folder and delete the temp folder.

STEP 5. Set Your Power Option To High Performance

Setting your power option to high performance also increases systems performance to its full potential. Although setting your PC power option to high performance uses more power but gives you a better performance.

To set your PC to high performance, right click on your desktop battery icon or open your start menu and in the search bar, type power option and select power option from the search result, change setting to high performance.

STEP 6. Reduce Visual Effects On Windows

Visual effects are those animations which give your laptop/PC a cool feel in terms of transition, loading request etc, but also, it takes part of your system RAM memory.

Reducing the number of visual effects on your PC will also help you get a better performance.
How To Speed Up A Low-end Windows 10 Laptop For Gaming

To reduce visual effects;

  1. Right-click on My PC
  2. Click the advance system settings
  3. Select the performance settings
  4. Now, choose custom.

For better results, use the settings in the screenshot above, it works great and still gives you a bit of the original visual effect

STEP 7. Disable Live Tile On Windows Start Menu

Just like the visual effects, the live tile on windows start menu is also a form of animation and it uses your system’s memory too, so, you might want to disable them too.

How To Speed Up A Low-end Windows 10 Laptop For Gaming

To disable live Tiles, simply click the start menu » Right-click on any live tile » select disable live tile.

STEP 8. Perform A Regular Disk Clean Up

Performing disk-clean up on a time schedule will help you clean up unwanted windows files & folders and give you more free space on your PC to run programs on your PC.
How To Speed Up A Low-end Windows 10 Laptop For Gaming

Open My PC » Right-click on your local disk » select disk clean up » clean up windows file » Click OK.

STEP 9. Set All Graphics Display Properties To Maximum

Setting all graphics properties to maximum performances plays a great part on your laptop/PC, whether your laptop card is Intel, NVidia or AMD, settings your display options to maximum performance will boost your system’s performance.

STEP 10. Carry Out A Regular System Maintenance

Computer maintenance is the practice of keeping computers in a good state of repair. A computer containing accumulated dust and debris may not run properly.

Dust and debris will accumulate as a result of air cooling. Any filters used to mitigate this need regular service and changes. If the cooling system is not filtered then regular computer cleaning may prevent short circuits and overheating.


The most important part of this guide is the last step. Most laptop and PC users fail to carry out maintenance on their systems and often time this happens to be the main cause of low performance in the computer system.

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