Have H P Pavilion around four years old, windows 8 installed when bought ,windows 10 installed when prompted with message when checking for updates about two years ago. Have noticed lately it is slow to start up but works fine when up and running, I can hear the cooling fan running quite fast as if machine is working hard, last windows update done 23/10/2020. Keep seeing pop-ups telling me I have out of date drivers. Local disk c has 870 GB free of 930 GB. Some times when I sign out and click on shut down or sleep laptop does not respond ,have to manually hold down the power button . Any advice other than throw it away and buy a new one would be good ,as long as it does not involve to much tech jargon. Cheers.
1 .IS THE POP-UP MESSAGE DRIVERS OUT OF DATE A SCAM. ?
2.WOULD I BE RIGHT THINKING WINDOWS UPDATES TAKES CARE OF ANY OUT OF DATE DRIVERS. ?
3 WHAT IS A REGISTRY CLEAN UP. ?
There are a number of possibilities here. A machine running slow can be as a result of several things, old drivers, shed loads of fragmented files, a slow processor (for Win 10).
A fan running very fast is a sure sign of a machine clogged up with dust in my experience.
Its hard to be sure about the pop-up message as you don't indicate when it appears.
There are a couple of things you could try which might speed up your machine.
Go to a site for a company called Piriform. There you should look for two utility programs - CCleaner and Defraggler. This link will take you there - here.
There are free versions of both programs which will do what you want. This site is verified and safe - no worries about scamming here.
Download each and install.
CCleaner - short for Cleaner does what you would expect. It cleans out lots of .
Defraggler - works like the windows version of defraggling, but better in my opinion. It reorganises your HD placing fragmented files together so that they are quicker to find and therefore helps with the speed of your machine (theoretically!). I have found it to be beneficial.
You asked about the registry. Under no circumstance should you edit it unless you're a bit of a geek like me!!!
However CCleaner has a registry cleaner which can remove broken links and unattached elements. It has a backup option to save before you complete the cleaning process so its very safe to use.
The registry keeps a track of programs (amongst other things) and when they are installed and uninstalled the registry can become bloated with useless references. This is often the result of badly written programs which don't clean up after themselves as they should.
You say the computer is at least four years old so the registry could do with a cleanup I think.
Message me if you aren't sure. What I've described here isn't really technical, it just needs a little confidence.