Why Is My Toshiba Laptop So Slow? (SOLVED)

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Every laptop owner has been there at one point or another. You’re in the middle of an important task, and suddenly, your once-reliable Toshiba laptop starts to lag or freeze. It’s frustrating, especially when you can’t pinpoint the exact reason.

“Why is my Toshiba laptop so slow?” you find yourself exclaiming in exasperation. Well, you’re not alone in this conundrum, and the good news is, there could be several identifiable reasons behind your laptop’s sluggish performance. In this blog post, we’ll explore the common culprits and provide actionable solutions to get your Toshiba running smoothly once again. Buckle up, as we dive deep into the world of laptop performance!

Why Is My Toshiba Laptop So Slow?

Your Toshiba 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 Toshiba Laptop

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

Release Disk Space

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

The simplest way to accomplish this is to select Uninstall a Program from the Control Panel.

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

Delete Temporary Files

Your Toshiba 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

Power options can significantly affect your laptop’s performance. Having it set to the wrong setting can slow down your Toshiba laptop without you even knowing. Here are the best settings for power options to have fast 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 there are settings in Windows that can adjust your laptop for the best performance? These settings will make small visual changes on your laptop which will increase your performance.

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 may significantly slow down your laptop, especially if it’s a malware that’s using its components to mine bitcoins.

Use malwarebytes, a free program you can download to remove malware from your laptop, to get rid of viruses since they can completely slow down your PC.

Because basic scans might miss the viruses, make sure to deep scan your laptop once a month.

Restore Your Toshiba Laptop

If nothing is working for you and you want a fresh install of windows you can always restore your Toshiba laptop. This will definitely give you a huge performance boost and is necessary if your laptop is very old.

You can restore your laptop while keeping your files but I suggest that you backup your files anyway.

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

Disconnect All External Devices and Restart

Because they are using your laptop as a charging station, external devices can frequently cause your laptop to run slowly.

The best course of action is to unplug everything from your laptop and check to see if the problem has gone away on its own.

Optimize Windows 10 Startup

If you use a lot of Windows programs, there’s a good chance that your Toshiba laptop is being slowed down by startup programmes that are constantly running in the background.

Disable as many starting apps as you can if you want the optimum performance. How to quickly:

  • 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

Cleaning up your hard drive is a simple and effective way to increase the performance of your laptop. You should perform a disc cleanup occasionally to keep your hard drive in good shape.

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

Hard drives can really slow down your laptop, especially if they are over a year old. The hard drive is what stores and runs all your files. Having old hard drives that are nearly full of files can really slow down your operating system.

It’s a good idea to defragment your hard drive after a while because every time you delete files they get overwritten with new files and this can cause all sorts of performance problems if you never defragment.

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

You can add an additional memory stick to some Toshiba laptops. 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 Toshiba 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 Toshiba 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
Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
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

Conclusion

Slow laptops can be a pain and Toshiba 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.