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  • Core i5 2.67 GHz Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 250GB Hard Drive(the C: Drive has a total of 116GB out of which 17.24GB is free)
  • 32bit Windows 7 Professional

I have a lot of themes installed plus I also have rainmeter and its skins separately. Should i delete them? Though it would be better if you could suggest something without deleting them because i am really fond of the rainmeter. Also I keep my laptop on power saver mode all the time. I use ACER ASPIRE 5745

Lately it has been hanging/freezing a lot, even when performing basic tasks like switching tabs on chrome or using the WMP. It has also started getting heated up really fast. How do i make it work faster?

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You can do quite a lot to improve performance. Even setting it down on a higher desk will help. What is it exactly you want the machine to do faster? There's no universal standard for performance. –  Marcks Thomas Apr 28 '13 at 15:53

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Normally the cheapest and easiest way to speed it up would be to buy some more RAM (bring your total up to 4GB would certainly help and wouldn't cost too much.

However if you want to know what the bottle neck on your system is run the inbuilt system performance report in performance monitor - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744567(v=ws.10).aspx

Look at what is being streched to the limit (E.g do you have a problem with the CPU, is the page file being used (indicating more RAM needed), is the disk being used 100% of the time.

Also running on a high performance battery setting will help, try giving the cooling vents a clean (hoover or compressed air), look in the task manager to see what is is that is consuming the system resource and if you can close some of these apps (you can use msconfig to stop some thing starting at boot)

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Before you do anything I suggest you to go this web site. It tells you how much memory you can put on your computer. Also suggests which type to get. Also see how many processes are usually running.

CTRL + ALT + DEL → Task Manager. You can see how many processes are running. You may want to check your start up. Win + R and type msconfig then go to Start up Tab. Uncheck unnecessary programs.

I hope that helps.

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To really boost the performance, install 2GB more RAM, replace the HDD with a SSD (Samsung 830 or 840 Pro) and install the 64Bit Windows 7.

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