5 Quick Tips to Speed up a Slow Sony Vaio Laptop
You know all PCs will run slower eventually as time passed by, but it's still hard to accept it if that happens to your Sony Vaio.
You loved the feeling the first time you used your brand new laptop — everything seemed perfectly fast. But over time, it starts to run sluggishly, freezes now and then, slow to start up or shut down, etc.
So what's wrong? You could blame Windows OS for accumulating system junks and having frequent system updates which tend to be time-consuming.
But this may be just one of the major reasons — plus, Microsoft has been upgrading the Windows operating system to deliver better performance.
Anyway, here we share several essential tips that can help make your Sony Vaio faster again. Hope you find them helpful.
Pro tip: if you are using a brand new VAIO and it runs extremely slow, the best way is to contact Sony support to see if you can get a replacement. Their support team is excellent, and we highly encourage you to do so.
1. Check spyware/malware issue
No matter how careful you are, chances are third-party malware, virus or spyware can be installed or stored on your Sony computer, causing harmful effects such as damage your files, eat up precious disk space, all will slow down your Vaio.
Ensure that you have a good anti-virus and anti-malware equipped with your laptop computer. We recommend BitDefender Antivirus Plus for this usage. It's the best security software, in our experience.
2. Manage startup programs and less multi-tasking
Many programs you've installed are notorious for secretly adding themselves to the auto-startup list (thanks to those "unethical" developers). Not only will that affect boot time, but you'll experience more slowdowns or freezing times after the startup. Because these programs can be still running and consuming a considerable amount of system resources.
Don't hesitate to disable or remove them once for all. On Windows 8 and 10, you can rely on Task Manager to manage those programs or services. Just right click on the taskbar (at the bottom), select Task Manager, go to the "Startup" tab, there you can disable any programs you want.
3. Clean up hard drive to regain more free space
You need to keep at least 15 percent of free disk space to make a PC run smoothly. So if your Sony Vaio is 85 percent or more full, that means it's time to clean up the hard drive to free more space.
You can perform some manual methods like uninstalling unused programs one by one, transferring large files/folders, clear system registry, and junks, etc. A faster yet more efficient way is by using a utility called — CleanMyPC, an amazing PC hard drive cleaning tool that can save you tons of space in the short amount of time.
4. Lighten the web browsers while surfing the Internet
These days many SaaS companies develop browser plugins to make their products easier to access for users. Google Hangouts, Pinterest, Pockets, etc. all have their own extensions available for Chrome, Firefox browsers. If you surf the Internet a lot, chances are you have installed many of such kind of add-ons, thus result in a sluggish Sony Vaio system.
So move to the Settings or Add-on Manager of your browsers, remove those extensions you don't need. Meanwhile, some web pages you visit may contain Adware, with flash ads and other content auto-loading thus using lots of CPU time and lagging the system, make sure you also prevent them from loading.
5. Upgrade to an SSD to speed up everything
You should have heard about SSDs (solid-state drives). They are far superior to traditional HDDs (hard disk drives) from performance to reliability. Also, SSDs are much quieter. The only downside is that an SSD costs much more than an HDD, but recently prices have been dropping as this new media has become more popular. Learn how to replace your Sony Vaio laptop with an SSD from this PCAdvisor tutorial.
These are our five best tips to tune up a Sony Vaio laptop. Do you find them helpful? What other tips do you have to fix laptop running slow issues? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know.