Why Is My HP Laptop So Slow? (SOLVED)

Why Is My HP Laptop So Slow

Are you wondering why is my HP laptop so slow? I have experienced many slow laptops and PCs and found the best ways to optimize them for fast performance.

Why Is My HP Laptop So Slow?

Your HP laptop is slow because of a few possible reasons:

  • Your laptop or the components are old
  • You have not optimized Windows for a long time
  • Your laptop has a lot of dust build up inside the case
  • You are running too many programs at once
  • You are trying to run programs that are too intensive for your hardware

How To Fix A Slow HP Laptop

Here are the best ways I have found that can improve your HP laptop speed.

Release Disk Space

A wonderful technique to enhance the performance of your PC is by clearing up disc space.

The best way to do this is to go to control panel > uninstall a program.

Then remove all of your unnecessary applications. You can download a system cleanup programme that will automatically scan and clean up all the files that require it if this is too much for you.

Delete Temporary Files

Your HP laptop will store a lot of temporary files over time which can cause your laptop to slow down. These files have no real use and can be deleted to give you a speed boost.

To delete any temporary files do the following:

  • Press Windows key + R to bring up the run menu
  • Type in %temp% then press ok
  • Press Ctrl + A to select all and then right click and delete.
  • Press Windows key + R again to bring up the run menu
  • This time just type temp and press enter.
  • Press continue to the prompt
  • Press Ctrl + A to select all and then right click and delete.

Now to delete the prefetch temp files:

  • Press Windows key + R to bring up the run menu
  • type prefetch and press ok
  • Press continue to the prompt
  • Press Ctrl + A to select all and then right click and delete.

Fix Power Options

The performance of your laptop can be significantly impacted by power options. Your HP laptop may slow down if it is set incorrectly without your knowledge. The following are the ideal power settings for quick speed:

  • Go to windows search and type power. Click on Power & sleep settings
  • Click on additional power settings
  • Now select high performance.

You may need to check a box that allows you to switch to the high performance setting on this page.

Disable unecessary services

Disabling unecessary services is another great way to improve your laptop’s performance. This is very easy all you need to do is:

  • Press Windows key + R to bring up the run menu
  • type services.msc and press ok
  • In the window that pops up click on the services tab.
  • Then check hide all Microsoft services.
  • Then click disable all or select the ones you don’t want and press apply.
  • Restart your PC.

Tune System Performance

Did you know that Windows has settings you can use to optimise your laptop’s performance? Your performance will improve as a result of these settings, which will result in minor visual changes on your laptop.

You can find these settings by:

  • Searching System in windows search
  • Clicking on system and then clicking advanced system settings.
  • Check the Adjust for best performance option.
  • Then check “Show shadows under the mouse pointer” and “Show shadows under windows.”
  • Click OK then OK again.

Another thing you can do is inside regedit. The method includes changing some values which will make your Windows performance better.

To do this:

  • Type in Regedit into windows search
  • Click on registry editor.
  • Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER and expand control panel
  • Click on mouse and then double click on MouseHoverTime
  • Change the value to 10 and press OK.
  • Click on the desktop folder and double click on MenuShowDelay
  • Change the value to 10 and press OK.

Scan for Malware

Malware can really slow down your laptop, especially if you have a virus which is using your laptop’s components like a bitcoin miner.

Viruses can slow down your PC entirely and the best way to get rid of them is to use malwarebytes which is a free software you can download to remove malware from your laptop.

Make sure to scan your laptop once a month and do a deep scan because basic scans might not pick up the viruses.

Restore Your HP Laptop

You may always restore your HP laptop if nothing is working and you want a new installation of Windows. This is essential if your laptop is quite old and will undoubtedly offer you a significant performance increase.

Although you can restore your laptop while keeping your files, I still advise you to backup your data.

If you want to know how to factory reset your HP laptop then you can read my article about it.

Disconnect All External Devices and Restart

External devices can slow down your laptop often times because they are using your laptop as a charging station.

It’s best if you disconnect anything that is connected to your laptop and see if the issue has resolved itself or not.

Optimize Windows 10 Startup

If you have a lot of programs on Windows, chances are you also have a lot of startup programs which are constantly running in the background and slowing down your HP laptop.

If you want the best performance then you should disable as many startup programs as you can. To do this simply:

  • Right click on the Windows start menu and click on task manager. Or press CTRL + ALT + DELETE and select task manager.
  • Then click on the startup tab.
  • Then click on unimportant startup programs and press disable.

Clean up the Hard Drive

Disk cleanups are a great way to improve your laptop performance and are quite easy to do. It’s recommended that you do a disk cleanup every once in a while to keep your hard drive fresh.

You can do a disk cleanup by:

  • Typing disk cleanup into windows search and choosing disk cleanup from the list.
  • Then you can slect all the unecessary files and folders you want deleted and press clean up system files.

Defragment the Hard Drive

Your laptop’s hard disc may run very slowly, especially if it is older than a year. All of your files are kept on and operated by the hard disc. Your operating system might become noticeably sluggish if you have ancient hard discs that are almost full of content.

It’s a good idea to defragment your hard drive once in a while since if you don’t, every time you remove a file, it is replaced by a new one, which can lead to a variety of performance issues.

To defragment your hard drive and improve the performance do the following:

  • Click on windows start and search defragment.
  • Click on defragment and optimize
  • Click on C drive and click optimize
  • Click close.

Upgrade the RAM

On some HP notebooks, you may instal an additional RAM stick. A free ram stick slot or detachable ram is not available on many laptop models, therefore if you have one that can, you should use it.

If you only have 4GB of RAM, you should upgrade both of the existing sticks or acquire another one because your laptop needs at least 8GB of RAM.

To ensure that the RAM stick you buy is the exact same model as the one you now have, check online or in your laptop’s handbook. Otherwise, it won’t function. Additionally, you need to confirm that the RAM sticks you purchase have the appropriate capacity and hz.

Here is how you can upgrade or change ram on your HP laptop:

  • Power off your laptop and open the case.
  • Look for access to the ram sticks.
  • Unscrew any panels to access the ram sticks and press any levers to dislodge them.
  • Insert new ram into the slots
  • Replace any panels and screw on the back panel of your laptop.
  • Turn on your laptop.

Health Check Your HP Laptop

There are several programs that you can download which will health check your laptop and show any issues. Programs like bitdefender are great at this.

They also have virus scanning and system optimisation functionality. I also recommend using CCleaner to cleaunp all your system files and give your laptop a big boost in performance.

Disable Hardware Acceleration

Hardware acceleration is a setting within some programs, most notably discord and spotify. Sometimes this setting can be on by default. Hardware acceleration sounds like a good thing but in fact it actually decreases your performance if you have those programs running in the background.

Hardware acceleration being enabled will allow for better performance of that program and more demand on your CPU.

Here are where you can find the settings:

Discord: settings -> APP -> Appearance
Spotify: settings -> Advanced

Update Graphics Card Drivers

One of the best things you can do if your PC is suddenly underperforming, is checking for any recent graphics updates that you missed. NVIDIA pushes GPU updates quite frequently, so make sure to keep up to date.

Updating graphics and drivers can also increase FPS in games and prevent black screens or crashes.

Disable Core Parking

Disabling core parking is another detail to get better performance from your CPU.

To do this simply:

Open start menu, search regedit
Press edit -> find. Then paste this key in: 0cc5b647-c1df-4637-891a-dec35c318583
Select keys and press find.
Now you wil lsee a new screen. Find ValueMax, edit it and set it to 0 hexadecimal. It should be on 64 by default.
Now you will have disabled parking of your cores and should have more performance.

Clean Your PC

If you have a laptop, you don’t need to worry about this, but if you have a desktop PC, you should clean it. Over the years a lot of dust will accumulate in your PC case and clog up all your fans. It will also trap a lot of heat within your PC and that is what reduces your performance.

Cleaning your PC is easy. Turn off your computer and unplug it, unscrew your case, then either use canned air to blow out the dust or just clean the fans with your hand. Be careful when you touch any components on the motherboard because you might damage it.

Symptoms Of A Slow Laptop

The symptoms of a slow laptop are the following:

  • Your laptop takes an unsually long time to boot up.
  • You see the spinning blue wheel a lot.
  • Programs take a very long time to load
  • You get low FPS in video games
  • It takes a long time to close programs
  • Programs become unresponsive a lot

These are the most common reasons.


Slow laptops can be a pain and HP laptops are no different.

To do this you are going to need to use some of the helpful tips I have provided in this article to optimize your laptop for the best performance.

With over 12 years of experience with laptops, Grayson Uppington has delved deep into the tech world, always learning and sharing. His top pick is the Lenovo Legion Slim 5, blending performance with style. Formerly a pro gamer in CS:GO, those tournaments sharpened his skills and heightened his appreciation for laptop potential.