Acer Running Slow? 8 Ways to Speed up Your Acer Laptop or Desktop PC
All Acer PCs begin to slow down with age — Aspire One laptop, Predator gaming desktop, it doesn't matter. But don't worry, there are many optimization tips for you to tune it up.
We've found the 8 best ways on how to make your Acer PC faster. Due to the fact that there could be many reasons why a Windows computer runs slow or freezes, some fixes work better than others depending on the specific model you use but we'll show you all of them.
The goal is simple: you decide for yourself how to diagnose and speed it up, no need to spend time and money turning to a computer repair shop for help. Though in some situations, you have to. For example, when your Acer hardware fails and you can't turn it on.
Anyway, we hope you find this troubleshooting guide helpful.
1. Startup is slowing you down
If your Acer is slow after you press the start button to boot Windows operating system, it may have too many startup programs or services. Not only do they increase boot times, but they’ll continue to do so the whole time you are on your PC.
How to fix it: Manage your startup applications. Here's a list of helpful tutorials:
- How to Manage Startup Applications in Windows 8 or 10 | How-To Geek
- 3 Ways to Prevent a Program from Starting Automatically | Indiana University Knowledge Base
- How to Change, Add, or Remove Startup Programs in Windows 7 | YouTube
2. Battery problems freeze your Acer
If you are using a laptop, and the keyboard or mouse pad often freezes up or becomes unresponsive, or you can't even shut down Windows with the power button; then most likely your battery has some problems.
How to fix it: first of all, start your computer in "Safe Mode". If you are not sure how to proceed, see this Microsoft article. Open Device Manager and expand Batteries. Now disable the entry Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery. Save and restart your Acer in regular mode. This should solve the problem. If the frozen issue still exists, shut down your computer, flip it over, remove the battery and put it back, restart the system and check again.
3. You've got virus or malware
Windows based PCs are prone to be infected with virus or malicious software (also called Malware). Your slow Acer may be caused by malware running in the background — consuming way more system resources (CPU, memory) and doing other damages. Note: it can be Adware that gets injected into your web browser by adding additional ads, for instance.
How to fix it: scan and remove any malicious threats hide in your Acer system. You can use built-in Microsoft Security Essentials for this purpose, but I recommend Plumbytes Anti-Malware as it's more powerful and easy to use. There is a free version by the way. Run a thorough system check, diagnose and clean found threats.
4. Overheating lags overall performance
It's typical for a computer to heat up and most of the time you don't have to worry about it. But constant overheating can cause your Acer to slow down, keep freezing, even worse — system crash.
How to fix it: first ask yourself if you often play video games or perform video editing activities with your Acer, if yes, try to reduce the times you do so. Because gaming and similar operations demand more CPUs and GPUs (graphic cards) thus increase hardware temperature. Next, check if your Acer has clogged vents or heatsinks. If yes, clean them with a soft brush (make sure you do it gently to avoid damaging other tiny components). Also, if you are using a laptop, consider buying a cooling mat or pad. For desktop Acer, be sure not to put the mainframe in a place with high temperature.
5. Your hard drive is almost full
Nothing slows down a normal computer than saving too much on the hard drive — lead to a lack of free disk space. If you can lighten the load, you're sure to see a speed improvement. Though there is no hard rule about minimum free space, generally you should aim to have at least 20% available space, i.e. 20GB free out of a 100GB capacity hard disk drive.
How to fix it: Clean up hard drive. Unfortunately this isn't as simple as it sounds and you need to do it manually. For example, searching and removing large duplicates, uninstalling unused applications, clearing up browser junk files, etc. If you prefer to clean it up the easier way, you can try CleanMyPC -- a great app that gets the job done and keeps your Acer clean automatically.
6. Network & web browser is dragging you down
Sometimes a slow issue is not related to your Acer, but the Internet speed. If you are connected to a Wi-Fi that has limited bandwidth, chances are your web browsing won’t be that smooth. Also, heavy stubborn web browsers can slow you down as they tend to take more time loading pages.
How to speed it up:
- Test on another computer to see if your network is fast enough. If it turns out that is the culprit, contact your Internet service provider to resolve the issue.
- When using your web browser, try to use as fewer browser tabs, add-ons, etc — this can slow you down dramatically if you use Firefox.
- Clear off browsing history, caches, unnecessary extensions. It helps lighten your browser as well.
7. Outdated or failing hardware is killing it
The hardware (memory, hard drive, etc) performance tax more quickly if you use an old Acer Aspire. Not to mention that the volume/capacity could be bottleneck. For example, basically Windows 8 requires minimum 4GB in RAM to run smoothly. Also, if a failing or fragmented hard drive can seriously slow down your Acer as well.
How to fix it: Repair or upgrade hardware components. If your Acer often freezes and slow to run programs, consider adding more RAM (memory chips). If your hard drive has a small volume or becomes faulty, replace it with a solid-state drive (SSD). Warning: when installing new hardware components, it’s recommended that you ask a geeky friend to help — to avoid hassles. In addition, watch the following video tutorial (8 minutes long) before you start.
8. Your Acer has quality issues
In rare cases, a sluggish Acer laptop can be attributed to quality problems. Particularly when your Acer is brand new and you haven’t installed many problems.
What to do: Contact Acer customer support immediately and ask for a repair or replacement, depending on the warranty assurance. Note: be aware that you should not try installing another operating system other than Windows (e.g. Linux) by yourself as this could endanger your qualifications for free services. In case you need, here's the official link to get in touch with Acer Support.
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There are many ways to speed up an Acer computer, depending on your model specifications and other factors (age, using habits, etc). We've heard many times that reformatting Windows system is the only way to go, but that is simply not true.
If you really want to boost your laptop performance and care less about cost, we’d recommend you try upgrading your Acer hard drive to a solid-state drive (SSD). That's almost a guaranteed turn up solution.
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Last update by Eric on June 26, 2016