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How to make your laptop fast and sturdy in 2017 and beyond

Take care of your tools.

I am still using a Thinkpad t430 laptop three years down the line. Bought it in 2014 August as a used item and it is insanely fast. I have a guide here for keeping your laptop fast and on point all the time. Recently a friend came to me with a newer HP laptop, core i5 and 4GB ram just like mine, but booting took a whole 2 minutes and the computer froze most of the time. It was pathetic slow. I shut and restart mine in 30 sec. Yes, that includes both the shutting down time and the booting time. He had to use my computer to take an online test because he could not trust his laptop with the risk of chrome browser freezing on him.

How to make your laptop fast and sturdy in 2017 and beyond

Begin by installing an SSD drive. The Solid State Drive is 20 times faster than the fastest Hard Disk Drive. Google SSD vs. HDD and see the difference. The price of SSD for laptops continues to plummet. Here is my set up. I have a 120GB SSD on the laptop. I have the previous 500GB as an external drive. You only need an external cover to make it an external drive. An external cover is very affordable.

Switch to Windows 7. It might be old but it is your best productivity bet. The operating system will let you tinker with the windows updates and keep them off.

Number 2, you need to stop with the Windows Updates. Once you make a fresh install, or when you are on your current installation, stop the automatic updating of the Windows Operating System. The computer just worked fine without these updates. You are not using your laptop as part of a corporate system so just make sure they are off.

You should find ways of doing things online so that you do not have to install software on your computer.

Install a capable antimalware program that offers real-time protection. There is no need for anti-virus software of any kind. They just slow your computer. Rely on Microsoft’s own Windows Defender. Combine it with something like Malwarebytes that offers real-time protection against shady websites that will install cookies on your browser and spy on you while also using your computer to mine bitcoins. This shit sounds crazy and jargon. It’s true though.

Replace your battery to get the promised hours of productivity. A bat replacement might give you the 6 to 10-hour battery life that you need.

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Remember, taking care of your tools is a fundamental rule of faking it to make it as outlined elsewhere on


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