How to Increase Processor Speed on a Laptop

Central Processing Units, also known as CPUs, are the brain of a laptop. CPUs perform all the calculations that enable your computer to process data and run programs. The speed of a laptop's CPU severely influences what kinds of programs and the amount of programs that can be run on your system. Increasing your CPU's speed increases the overall capability of your laptop. You do this by changing power settings through the laptop's internal menus, removing unwanted processes hogging CPU power, and defragging and optimizing the laptop's hard drive.

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Boost your laptop's CPU speed with a few troubleshooting steps.

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Click the Windows "Start" button and select the "Control Panel" option. Click the "Power Management" link in the control panel.

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Change the power setting to "High Performance" by clicking the appropriate radial button. Putting the laptop into high performance mode forces the laptop to use all of it's CPU power constantly.

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Hold "Control", "Alt" and "Delete" to open the Task Manager. Navigate to the "Processes" tab. Remove any unnecessary processes such as the Windows Sidebar. Be careful which process you close, as ending a vital system process can interfere with computer operation.

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Click the "Start" button, and then the "Program Files" link. Click "Accessories," "System Tools" and "Disk Defragment." Choose your hard drive location, typically the "C" drive, and click "OK" to begin defragging. Defragging organizes and puts together broken up bits of data to optimize your hard drive. Optimizing the hard drive increases the efficiency of your computer, giving your CPU quicker and more reliable access to hard drive data.