How To Fix a Slow Dell Laptop Like a Pro

When the title of this article is typed into Google, one of the most common results is “dell laptop slow speed.” So I am going to assume that my readers are having some sort of computer hardware or software issue with their Dell laptops.

In this article, I will provide instructions on how to fix a slow Dell laptop.

How To Fix a Slow Dell Laptop

First, I will provide some tips that may or may not speed up your laptop. Then, I will explain how to use the MSConfig program in Windows Operating Systems to optimize the running of your Dell laptop.

To begin with, here are my top 9 tips for speeding up a Dell laptop:

  1. Avoid using it on soft surfaces like your bed or couch. Don’t use it on top of any blankets, sheets, etc; you’ll end up blocking the fans and suffocating your laptop.
  2. Keep out direct sunlight, especially in the summer. I like to say “the hotter the system, the slower it runs.” And remember that electronic devices do not function well in direct sunlight.
  3. Avoid dusty, dirty places such as the floor (duh), and avoid using your laptop on an outside porch or any other location that has a high level of humidity.
  4. Avoid downloading and installing programs unless they are absolutely necessary for your laptop to run properly. The more programs you have, the longer it will take to start up and shut down.
  5. Use a cooling pad or a laptop cooler with a fan if possible. You can get them anywhere from $20-100 depending on the features it includes.
  6. Get a Dell laptop that is of the most recent model (but be sure to get one from the same price range). The newest laptops come with faster processors, more RAM, and larger hard disks.
  7. If possible, use Windows 7 or higher if you have an older Dell computer. Windows 7 is much faster than Windows Vista, let alone Windows XP.
  8. Turn down your internet speed if you are on a slower connection. Other than that, I doubt anyone is still using dial-up nowadays. Even microwaves communicate faster with each other than the typical dial-up modem does…
  9. If you have many programs running in the background of your Dell laptop that you may not be using, I suggest you close them. The more open programs your computer has run in the background, the slower it’s going to respond.

How To Fix Slow Dell Laptop – MSConfig

If these tips do not fix your Dell laptop within a short period of time, then go ahead and check out MSConfig (Start > Run > type ‘MSConfig’).

  1. If you have Windows XP: under the ‘Boot’ tab, select ‘Advanced Options’, and change your ‘Number of Processors’ to 1. Then go to the Services tab and deselect everything except for Microsoft services and Dell services (if you have a Dell laptop). Lastly, click on the Startup tab, and uncheck everything except for ‘Start Up’.
  2. If you have Windows Vista, 7, or 8: click on the Startup tab and uncheck every single box. This is much easier than in previous Operating Systems. Do not worry, your computer will still function properly when it boots up again. The only difference is that the programs won’t automatically start up with Windows.

Now restart your computer, and you should have a faster-running laptop! If this does not resolve the problem, then I’m sorry but it’s probably time to replace some hardware – namely the hard drive or processor… both of which are expensive parts for any Dell laptop.


If you have an older Dell computer or laptop, it’s possible that the drivers in Windows are outdated. Here is how to update them:

– Go to, and select your model number for your Dell laptop.

– You can either download the drivers from there or use their ‘Dell Software and Driver Downloads’ utility to find out your exact model number. If you have a newer Dell computer, the official drivers for it will be on the Dell support site.

– You can either install all of them or choose a few that look important (such as ‘Video Controller’, ‘Bluetooth Device’, etc).


Dell laptops are a great choice for a cheap, efficient laptop. I have had my Dell Inspiron laptop for 2 years now and it still works as well as new!

In this article, I have given you some tips on how to improve the speed of your Dell laptop. In addition, I gave detailed instructions on how to use MSConfig to improve boot-up speed.

I hope you found this article useful! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Cheers!

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