Designed for users who spend the majority of their time browsing the Internet, the Acer Aspire One is a small Windows notebook. When your Aspire One begins to lag or run slowly, you can improve its overall performance and efficiency by disabling unnecessary features, installing more RAM, replacing outdated software, and other measures, among others.
Part 1 Disabling Startup Applications
1. Click the Start menu and type “system configuration” into the search box.
2. Select “System Configuration” from search results.
3. Select the “Startup” tab, then uncheck the boxes next to the processes that you do not want to run after the computer has booted up. This prevents applications you don’t use from automatically running in the background after your computer starts up, which can cause your computer to run slowly and lag behind other applications.
4. Click on the “OK” button. These processes will no longer be launched automatically when the computer is first booted up in the future.
Part 2 Disabling Performance Options
1. Click the Start menu and type “system” into the search box.
2. Select “System” from search results, then click on “Advanced system settings.”
3. Then, under the Performance section, select “Settings” from the “Advanced” menu. Visual effects and performance features are controlled by these options, and some of them may be causing your system to clog.
4. Remove the checkmarks from the options that you don’t want, then click “OK.” For example, if you don’t want animations to appear when windows are minimised and maximised, you can turn off the feature labelled “Animate windows when minimising and maximising.”
Part 3 Enabling Manual Services
1. Click the Start menu and type “services” into the search box.
2. Choose “Services” from the list of search results. When Windows starts, it automatically starts services such as IP Helper and Print Spooler, even if they are not required by the user.
3. Change the Startup Type of each service in the Services window by double-clicking on it and selecting “Manual.” From this point forward, these services will only be activated at your direction. The Diagnostic Policy Service, Print Spooler, and Distributed Link Tracking Client are just a few examples of services that you can turn off.
Part 4 Disabling McAfee
1. Click the “Start” menu and select “Program and Features.”
2. Right-click on the McAfee software that has been installed and select “Uninstall.” Pre-installed McAfee antivirus software is included with most Aspire One laptops, and it runs in the background at all times to keep your system safe from malware and viruses.
Think about switching to a security programme that consumes fewer resources, or stick to only visiting websites that you know are safe in order to avoid malware and viruses. In turn, disabling McAfee antivirus security software increases your computer’s vulnerability to malicious software and third-party intrusion attempts.
Part 5 Turning Off Sounds
1. Click the Start menu and type “sound” into the search box.
2. In the search results, look for the word “Sound.” This will bring up the Sounds menu. When performing actions such as closing programmes and restarting the computer, Windows automatically plays sound effects that consume system resources.
3. Click on the “Sounds” tab, then select “No Sounds” next to Sound Scheme.
4. Remove the checkmark next to “Play Windows Startup sound,” then click “OK.”
Part 6 Installing More RAM
1. Click the Start menu and type “system” into the search box.
2. Select “System” from search results.
3. Take note of the value that appears next to “Installed memory (RAM).” This displays the amount of RAM that is currently installed in your computer.
4. Consult the user’s manual for your Acer Aspire One to find out how much RAM it can support at its maximum capacity. The manual can also be accessed by visiting Acer’s official website at http://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers for more information. For example, if your computer is capable of supporting up to 3.5 GB of RAM and you already have one GB installed, you can add another 2.5 GB of RAM.
5. Install additional RAM on your computer on your own, or hire a computer technician to do it for you. Your computer will run faster and more efficiently after the installation is completed.
Part 7 Installing Windows Updates
1. Click the Start menu and select “All Programs.”
2. Select “Windows Update” from the drop-down menu. The Windows Update menu will appear after you click on this. In most cases, Windows will automatically instal updates as they become available, unless you have previously disabled this functionality.
3. In the left-hand pane, select “Check for updates.” Windows will perform a search for the most recent software updates available from Microsoft.
4. Once you’ve clicked “Install updates,” you’ll be prompted to enter your administrator password. Your computer will download and instal any updates that are available.
Part 8 Replacing Outdated Software
1. Google Chrome is a faster Internet browser that can be used to replace slower browsers. Chrome is the fastest browser available on Windows computers at the moment, and it significantly reduces loading time. Remove Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and other browsers from your computer and replace them with Chrome.
2. Web-based applications should take the place of software packages. Applications that compete with Microsoft Office Suite are now available online and for free, allowing you to avoid the installation of additional software. In the case of photo editing software, you could search for it on your search engine to replace Microsoft Photo Editor, and you might consider using Google Sheets instead of Microsoft Excel to save time.
3. Replace out-of-date programmes with newer, lighter-weight versions of the same programme. You should visit the developer’s website if you’ve been using programmes that were installed on your computer several years ago and want to upgrade to a newer version of the same software that consumes less memory and resources.
Search for similar versions of the same programme from other developers and manufacturers as an alternative. Example: If you are currently using antivirus software that consumes too much memory, you should look for reviews of new antivirus software from another developer that consumes fewer resources. Example:
Part 9 Removing Pre-Installed Bloatware
1. Click the Start menu and select “Control Panel.” This opens the Control Panel window.
2. Select “Uninstall a Program” from the drop-down menu. This displays a list of all of the programmes that are currently installed on your computer. Acer Aspire One models come pre-installed with unnecessary programmes known as “bloatware,” which causes lagging and slowness when the computer is used.
3. Select “Uninstall” from the drop-down menu for each programme you don’t use or recognise. This will uninstall the programme from your computer.
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