What to Do When ASUS Laptop is Slow or Freezing on Windows 10?
Last updated: Aug. 4, 2017
Is your ASUS laptop running slow on Windows 10? Or it keeps freezing when you surf the Internet or simply work on a project?
All PCs run slowly over time, ASUS computers are no exception. It doesn't matter whether you use a laptop or an advanced all-in-one desktop.
However, if its performance drops dramatically -- for example, froze up more often and ran much slower than it used to, you'd better watch out.
Because your PC may have some big issues that need to be addressed immediately, before they cause serious damages if you chose to ignore. For instance, hard drive failure, Windows system crash, blue or black screen of death...sounds familiar?
Anyway, the point is: when your PC is slow or showing other performance issues, it's best to figure out the reasons why, and then fix them as soon as possible.
That is what we're going to cover in this post, sharing a list of simple and actionable tips for you to make your ASUS laptop faster again.
What you'll need:
- Your laptop.
- Internet connection.
- A little bit time and patience.
- Money (optional, in case you go for #4 or #5).
1. Slow startup? Optimize It
If your notebook takes much longer (say 60+ seconds) simply to reach the login screen (if you have set a password) or fully load the desktop, most likely you've got too many applications or services launch on startup.
To fix it, you need to optimize startup items. Here's how:
Older Windows OS like Windows 7, Vista, XP has this utility called MSConfig — a built-in tool provided by Microsoft, specifically designed to tune up Windows startup.
But for Windows 10, you just right click on the task bar > select Task Manager > Startup, here you'll see a list of program names with the "Status" (see the screenshot below). If a program shows Enabled, that means it automatically launches when you start up your machine. Disable those you don't need. The fewer Enabled items, the faster your PC will start up.
2. Lack of disk space? Clean it up
There's a saying that if CPU is the brain of a computer, then the hard drive is the blood that connects almost every part. If your laptop hard drive is getting full or left cluttered, the whole computer performance will lag.
While there are a number of manually methods to free up more storage space on your hard drive, they take time and often require users to be tech-savvy.
We thus recommend you use this program called CleanMyPC -- a smart utility that helps detect unnecessary files like system junk, duplicated photos/videos, unused applications, etc. that are safe for removal. Best of all, you can delete them within a few clicks. The app is really a time-saver!
3. Windows errors and issues? Fix them
No matter what model of ASUS notebooks you're using, the machine should be running under a Windows 10 operating system (unless you're a geek and already customize it to Linux). The thing is like other Windows OS, Windows 10 is also prone to several issues: malware attack, registry errors, and many others. Techradar has listed 100 common problems with Windows 10.
If you feel the whole system is sluggish for no good reason, it's probably time to diagnose and fix potential Windows errors. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as it might sound. Troubleshooting those errors manually is a daunting task.
If you're not a power user, it's best to use a program like RegCure Pro to fix them. Besides finding Windows errors, the app also does a number of things such as managing startup, defraging, etc. which is good for your computer.
4. Still HDD? Replace it with an SSD
This option applies to you if your laptop is still loaded with a spinning hard disk drive (HDD), then you may consider replacing it with a new SSD (solid state drive).
Why? Because the performance you gain will be dramatic. According to benchmark testings from Storage Reviews, that file opening speed on SSD is up to 30% faster than HDD.
However, we've to warn you though, that SSD upgrades aren't for everyone. If your PC is ten years old already, you'd be better off simply buying a new PC.
That said, SSD upgrades are popular these days as prices are falling down quick. If you decide to give it a try on your PC, consider WD Blue SATA 500GB Internal SSD. You may also like Crucial MX300 275GB, or Samsung 850EVO 250GB if you prefer a smaller volume SSD that's cost-effective.
Here's a video tutorial you'll find helpful:
5. Lack of RAM? Add extra one(s)
If you use your laptop for gaming or dealing with graphics/videos, another way to speed it up is by adding extra RAM (memory), this helps tune up application response.
For ASUS-compatible memory upgrades, consider Crucial DDR2-667MHz as it has a couple of memory sizes for you to choose from.
Check out this LaptopMag post for a step by step tutorial if you have made up your mind.
I hope you find this troubleshooting article helpful. There's no magic tool or method to speed up an Asus laptop. Always start with finding out why it is slow or frozen, and the fixes will become much clearer.