Please help - laptop is very slow
I have a laptop, specs are as follows:
Intel Core i5-7200u 2.5ghz with turbo boost up to 3.1ghz
Intel HD graphics
8gb DDR4 memory
1TB Hard Drive
The problem is, this damn thing is slow. It lags quite a bit. I.e when i try to open an excel file that is text (16kb in size), it takes the better part of a minute. I don't get it.
I use this laptop to browse the web and do online shopping. I don't game on it (I cant with an Intel HD Graphics card). I run office on it, norton antivirus, I watch movies, and that's honestly about it. Of the 1tb hd, i have about 250gb used. I've defragged the computer before as well, and its still slow.
It is an older laptop, maybe 4 years old or so, but I dont see how that should impact my ability to run office and browse the web.
Can someone explain to me why it would lag as such? Also, recommend a replacement? I've been toying with the idea of just building a small desktop to replace the laptop, but I have no idea where to start. I'm good with my hands and I've built computers in the past (10+ years ago), but I'm in no way looking for a power house - but I legit have no idea where to start. I've searched online for building computers, but 99% of the stuff is about power house gaming computers and then everything gets into the video card discussions.
Honestly, I just want something that's fast so I dont have to wait a minute to load an excel document, or chrome. Ideally, I'd like to watch my 4K movies on it as well, since on my laptop, the video card isnt strong enough and the video gets choppy. I'm not looking to buy/build a gaming computer either.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that replied and provided guidance/suggestions. Your comments are greatly appreciated.
To anyone that may have this problem in the future looking to RFD for guidance, the solution really was the hard drive. I installed the SSD last night doing a fresh install of windows using the MS Media Creation tool suggested by @birthdaymonkey - I honestly didn't know I could do that. Window's boots in a matter of seconds, files load in a matter of seconds, it really is great.
This community is awesome. Thank you - up votes for all that provided help. Thank you!