How can I make my netbook faster?

Maxi3w October 16, 2012

I have all the System Cleaners and Optimizers in place and they do ok, I guess, but it is a netbook. I love it and I want to keep it but I also want to speed it up a bit. It’s a Toshiba NB205 with an Intel Atom CPU N455 @ 1.66 GHz. What can I do?

  1. DalSan Mack
    October 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I read all the comments and glad you found that Ready Boost helps out a lot. For an extra tip, format the flash drive or SD card you are using for Ready Boost to NTFS to allow faster and larger capacity performance. What I mean is that FAT32 allows up to 4GB of your drive to be used for Ready Boost, NTFS allows up to 256GB to be used, and NTFS is a faster system. Having a short/stubby flash drive works well and keeps the chances of breaking minimal, but using an SD card might offer better protection from it becoming broken from accidental bumps since it barely sticks out. If you would like to boost a little more performance, the Game Booster within Advanced System Care or you can get it as a stand-alone app helps reduce resource usage from unnecessary services when not necessary, and offers an easy way to get them back running if necessary.'s Simple Performance Boost will help you sort through some of minor features and services that you may not want or need to use to gain more memory and cpu usability. If you are braver than that, you can use their Advanced System Tweaker as it has more options. For an even braver attempt, you can go to and go through the guide for tweaking the services in Windows 7. There are plenty of other tweaks and customizations that you can do, and I have done almost all of them through software as I cannot afford the hardware upgrades just yet. I have done these to all my computers, from netbook to desktop, whether it needs it or not just to get peak performance. If you need further help or suggestion, just ask. I got my netbook to perform about as good as my family's 2GHz Pentium dual core desktop, which says a lot coming from a 1GHz dual core netbook.

  2. titus
    October 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    this better be free I'M not paying

  3. Sam Rosario
    October 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    use disk clean up
    defragment your hard dick
    use cc cleaner software
    clear temp files regularly.

    • Caroline West
      October 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

      I'm going to put my Clean-Up program on Auto so it will do its job if I forget. Thanks :-)

  4. Alex Perkins
    October 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Use a lightweight OS like Chromium OS or a linux distro.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 4:46 am

      Hi Alex. I do have Linux Mint also on the Net Book but I am so used to Windows. However spending time with Mint and getting as many features that I am used to in Windows would help. Does a Linux Distro really have that much of a better impact????

      • Alex Perkins
        October 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        I believe so, running Linux on a netbook is the way to go as it is often smaller, easier on hardware (more responsive) and secure. Here is a page that kind of sums up the top ten things:

        • Caroline West
          October 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

          Thanks Alex, got the link up and will have a read through. Really appreciate your help!! :-)

        • Alex Perkins
          October 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

          No problem. ;-)

  5. Jim Chambers
    October 18, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Poor man's SSD: Add a short 8GB flash drive setup for ready boost.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 4:42 am

      Nice one, that has just answered my question I asked of Dawud Mehmood. And I happen to have a spare 8GB Stick. I have a spare 32 GB Stick too - would that one be better?? And do I have to leave the USB stick in all the time or just when I start up????

      • Jim Chambers
        October 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Must be in all the time. Windows uses it for page file instead of your slower HDD.

        • Caroline West
          October 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

          I bought a compatible 4GB USB stick yesterday and plugged it in for Ready Boost and "Boom"!.....My NetBook is like a speedball now!!...Really, really pleased. Thank you so much!! :-)

  6. Blake Andreasen
    October 18, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Remove things not needed

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 5:40 am

      Thanks Blake :-)

  7. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    close all unnecessary programs and use windows ready boost

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 4:39 am

      Hi Dawud. Thank you for this tip. I have gone to the link you gave and I have a spare 32 GB Memory USB stick.....Would that suffice for Ready Boost to speed my Net Book up or is that too much??

      I have 4GB and 8GB USB Sticks also.

      • Caroline West
        October 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Dawud....I had never heard of ready boost so I am so grateful for your link. I bought a compatible 4GB USB stick yesterday, using it for Ready Boost and "Boom"!....My NetBook is operating so fast I can't get over it! It has properly speeded it up 100 fold! Thank you very much for directing me there!! :-)

  8. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Try Joli OS and UBUNTU netbook remix.

    If you want windows, then nothing is better than good old windows xp. Just don't let viruses infect it. Use good lightweight antivirus.

    Since you are using a netbook, try to run android on it---

    Upgrade ram and ssd.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 5:42 am

      I've not heard of Joli OS so that will be interesting to look into! Working on the RAM. Got the Android link; another one to consider.....Thanks

  9. Justin Pot
    October 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    RAM is always the cheapest hardware upgrade option, so look into that. Try out Ubuntu from a live USB – you might like it. It runs great on my netbook.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 4:48 am

      Hi Justin. Yeah I installed Ubuntu and then changed to Mint and it is actually installed in my Net Book. For me it's just a case of starting from scratch; But does a Linux Distro really speed things up that much?????

      • Justin Pot
        October 19, 2012 at 4:56 am

        If you pick a lightweight distro, yes. Ubuntu might not be the best choice for that, though it used to be better for it.

        • Caroline West
          October 20, 2012 at 11:08 am

          Well, I have followed the advice from everyone and I now have a NetBook on speed as I added a 4GB USB stick and used Ready Boost which Dawud Mehmood sent the link for. Honestly it's so fast now I can't believe it!! :-D

          So now that is sorted I think Mint will be Ok to use now also. I did have Ubuntu which I installed from MUO's Guides, but decided on Mint eventually as I prefer its looks and functions. It's still based on Ubuntu, Right? So now I'm going to start making use of it!

          Thanks Justin :-)

        • Caroline West
          October 24, 2012 at 4:32 am

          Just an update.....I had to uninstall Mint yesterday due to running slow. I'm thinking of going back to the original MUO Guide to get Ubuntu back, which version do you suggest? Newest 12.10 or 12.04??

  10. Harry Barnes
    October 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    reinstall a clean version of windows and that should speed everything up a whole lot.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 4:49 am

      Thanks Harry, that is something I will consider as I got to do something because it is just too slow.

  11. Bishal Mahat
    October 17, 2012 at 10:14 am

    add more ram or use softwares like Tuneup Utilities, Uniblue Powersuite, etc

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 4:51 am

      I have a System care program installed and it does help (a bit) so I may well try one of those you suggested or go back to Glary Utilities. Thanks for the advice.

  12. David Zalkin
    October 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

    If possible, add more RAM.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 4:53 am

      That seems to be a running theme so I will give it a go. Question....Is getting extra RAM part of the Windows Ready Boost I am hearing about????

      • Caroline West
        October 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

        Got it!! The Ready Boost is on and speeded up my NetBook....So I have that extra RAM...Thanks!!

  13. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 17, 2012 at 7:59 am

    get more RAM... and remove programs that your don;t use! defrag the drives!

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 4:55 am

      I'm defragging, I got shot of lots of programs so the RAM part is the next one I have to try. Will Windows Ready Boost increase the RAM??? If not, what do I have to do???

  14. ha14
    October 17, 2012 at 7:37 am

    try appsmaker AppBooster
    it can help you to create one profil (free version) to shutdown unnecessary background process so that you gain power for your daily project. Switching back to earlier state is easy.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 5:44 am

      Hi, Which one: "Optimal Disk Pro" OR "Optimal PC Pro" ????

      • ha14
        October 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

        for creating profil try AppBooster on the other hand if you wish check Optimal PC Pro Booster option but i am not sure if it is like Appbooster to create profil (check the screenshots).

        Optimal PC Pro also has rotating desktop wall paper that uses flickr image i think so.

  15. Jonas Nordgren
    October 17, 2012 at 7:09 am

    i use ubuntu on mine :) its like my netbook drank a case of redbull.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 5:00 am

      I have Mint already installed (I prefer it to Ubuntu even though it's based on it!) so for me it is a case of starting from scratch which is what I wanted to avoid but maybe that is a better idea. Thank you :-)

  16. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 17, 2012 at 5:27 am

    You may use Lubuntu or other lightweight operating systems instead of Windows for maximum performance. They provide more performance with less system resources too. Also helps you save battery life.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 5:01 am

      This is a running theme also in many of the answers. I have Mint already installed so maybe it's high time I use it!!

  17. Kannon Y
    October 17, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Unfortunately, you only have one option for increasing your laptop's speed. Fortunately, that option will also improve your battery life and durability.

    As Sonny Bass suggested, upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. You will lose a great deal of storage space, but the trade-off is worth it. Also, prices on SSDs have dropped dramatically in recent months and you can get a small capacity one for very cheap (around $30-40, if you price hunt). Or a good quality drive for slightly more.

    The reason that upgrading the RAM and CPU is related to Intel's decision to limit the Atom processor line to 2GB of RAM. It also doesn't do dual channel, not that that matters.

    Like all Atom-based netbooks, the NB205 uses a Flip Chip Ball Grid Array (FCBGA) method of connecting its motherboard to the Atom CPU. FCBGA requires a direct connection to the mainboard, so it's always soldered into position. Unfortunately, unless you have extensive soldering experience, upgrading the CPU isn't an option, although it has been done in the past. Speaking of which, there was a vendor who actually sold Netbooks that had been upgraded to dual core Atoms, meaning they had manually removed the solder and then resoldered dual core CPUs into place.

    Your laptop is limited to SATA 2 speeds, I believe, so an older generation SSD would work perfectly in your system. However, I did just recently spy a great deal on an Agility 4. Those are good drives.

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 5:05 am

      Thanks Kannon for your reply. Using an SSD is definitely an option worth considering. And Thank you for all the valuable information :-)

      • Caroline West
        October 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

        I put the wrong NetBook name up, its a NB250. But, nonetheless my problem is sorted. I added 4GB USB to Ready Boost and my old faithful is operating at Warp Drive!! :-D Thank you very much for your input! :-)

  18. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 17, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Use all light weight apps where ever possible.
    For example, use SumatraPDF instead of Adobe Reader, etc...

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 5:45 am

      Hi Deekshith. Yes I recently got rid of Adobe and installed Foxit Reader which is much more light weight and looks better too! Thanks for the advice :-)

  19. Adrian Rea
    October 17, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I use a dell mini 9 which originally came with winxp. I doubled ram to max 2gb, put in an SSD drive and run win7 and its great. disabled anything I dont use, prefer chrome to IE. use lighter programs where possible, notepad, or notepad++ instead of Word, eyc.
    Much depends on what you want to use it for. Video will never be true HD! :)

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 5:49 am

      I'm a Chrome user too (can't stand IE). I have also deleted lots of heavy weight programs. I only really use it for browsing and writing as it's not powerful enough to do much else. But if the suggestions here work then I may be able to use it for more things.

  20. Nabil ahlhauser
    October 17, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I highly recommend you try using a program called TweakNow PowerPack. It should help along with upgrading your ram and all the other things...

  21. Drew Butler
    October 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Have you used linux before? Linux is a lot less resource hungry than windows. There are many options available if you go that route so reply and I'd be happy to help you set it up :)

    • Caroline West
      October 19, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Hi Drew. I do have Linux Mint (I prefer it to Ubuntu) on the Net Book as well as windows - I am ready to start making more use of it. I just wasn't looking forward to starting over from scratch. But I am going to get started adding programs I want and getting certain files over to it and let it build up. Thanks a lot :-)

      • Drew Butler
        October 24, 2012 at 2:01 am

        Glad to see you have plenty of people helping out with suggestions and sorry I didn't offer more. Caught a case of the stomach flu and haven;t really felt like getting on the computer.

        • Caroline West
          October 24, 2012 at 4:21 am

          Hi Drew, stomach flu is awful so I wish you a speedy recovery :-)

          It's funny that I found your reply in my inbox just now because I had just uninstalled Mint yesterday due to slowness and a shoddy update (including uninstalling the actual Mint OS off of my main Laptop) and I've been thinking of going back to Ubuntu.

          The advice I have been given here really left a happy feeling in me because so many people went out of their way to help, nice :-)

          In the Netbook I had Mint installed via Clone Drive and before that I used the MUO guide to install Ubuntu. Now what I wish to ask you, is which Ubuntu version do you think is better to go for- 12.04 or 12.10?? (it will be via Wubi, Clone Drive or other even on my Laptop).

  22. Jack Cola
    October 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    - Upgrade your RAM if you can.
    - Uninstall programs you no longer use or want
    - Disable programs from starting up in MSCONFIG

    (Here's how to use MSCONFIG and

    • Ahmed Khalil
      October 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

      SSD also can make big different

    • Caroline West
      October 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Jack. I gave it a try and I messed my machine up (oops) and had to do a system restore....(It works fine now!!). I added a 4GB USB and use Ready Boost and now I have a super-speedy, rejuvinated NetBook....Pleased is an understatement :-D

  23. Sonny Bass
    October 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Max out your ram,add an SSD

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