I've had it around about a year (probably just longer) and it has been very lightly used - maybe once a week or less, on average.
It's been getting steadily slower and now it's just taking the biscuit really... I googled around a bit and found how to check the task manager, which mostly shows 98 or 99% usage, when the biggest apps are using 3-7mb of disk. The memory is always around 40-80%, just from using firefox on the internet...
This morning I did some more googling and found how to stop windows search and supersearch, which means that the memory is now showing either 0% or still 99% every couple of minutes.
Fragmentation is normally really low, as is storage used. I only have a select few pieces of software on here (the most 'heavy' photoshop cs2, anaconda ipython notebook, netbeans ide), other than the norm (browsers, microsoft office, netflix,etc)
It struggles to run a browser and microsoft word at the same time and this is a huge (very irritating) problem as I need to do research for my lab reports as I write them... and I need several of the python notebook things open for my coursework too.
Does anyone have any ideas how I can spruce up my laptop to make it run faster?
Is this disk usage likely to be a physical fault (that needs fixing)? Is it worth making it do a clean reinstall - will this help? (And if I do, will I still be able to download windows 10 for free?) What does it mean that task manager shows that my disk usage is so high all the time?
Any help appreciated... I'm completely losing hope with this laptop but can't really afford a new one right now... even my tablet can run word and chrome at the same time >.<
I have an old HP DV6 and what improved its performance under Win10 the most was replacing the hard drive with an SSD, which gave me improvement in boot speed and application launch time. SSD price are coming down all the time and you can get a 500GB SSD today for what you would have paid for a 120GB model a year ago.
Other than that, there's really not much you can do as you already have 4GB of system memory and adding more will not yield any noticeable performance improvement.
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