The following post How To Update AMD Acer Laptop Drivers In Windows 10, shows you how to update AMD drivers in Windows 10 and make other changes to further improve Acer laptop performance.
Last Updated: September 11, 2020
Latest News: Updated the documentation.
This is the second part tutorial for improving Acer Aspire E5-523G-90QW laptop. Remember this laptop has 8 GB of ram and an AMD A9-9410 cpu with turbo core technology.
In this tutorial I will show you how to update the AMD driver and remove some startup programs and more to further improve Acer laptop performance.
Note: The procedures below should work with any type of laptop that uses an AMD processor. The instructions about disabling startup tools, programs etc should work with any laptop and desktop running Windows 10.
How To Update AMD Acer Laptop Drivers In Windows 10
Step 1 ) On the previous tutorial you learned how to recover your Acer laptop and have Windows 10 run smoothly and without any driver issues. Now is time to update the AMD drivers from amd.com site.
Note: There is an issue with the drivers from AMD website. They don’t work well with this particular Acer driver model. It is important that you download the driver from acer website. Acer released an updated version on April 9, 2018 because of this issue. The driver version is 184.108.40.2062, which is older than AMD’s latest driver. On September-11- 2020, I had to revert back to Windows default driver 16.101.1201.1007, driver date 6/1/2016 because Acer driver version 220.127.116.112, started to cause too many issues in my laptop.
Step 2 ) To determine the hardware and specs for your laptop click on the following URL auto-detect-tool to download this tool from AMD website. (Please take note from Step 1 ) above. However this might be resolved in a future release from AMD)
Step 3 ) Once the AMD drivers are installed, reboot your laptop and you will notice a difference in performance. You should also notice less resources being used in your laptop. You should see the following AMD Radeon Settings options when your right click on your desktop. This allows you to control and play around with the settings.
Step 4 ) It is time to start removing unnecessary tools, programs etc from start up. Click on the following URL Ccleaner to download and learn more about Ccleaner.
The following image shows you a list of tools, programs enabled and disabled at startup using ccleaner. It is up to you what you want to enable and disable at start up.
Do not disable vital tools or programs like security software which is needed to monitor your systen. In my setup I have Windows Defender running and Realtek Semiconductor running at start up. That is all I really need.
Note: The more tools, programs you have running at startup the more time it takes for your laptop to boot up. It will also use more resources to run these tools in the background.
Step 5 ) The following image shows you the People app running on the taskbar. I am sure not many of you will be using this app. So why not disable it from the taskbar?
Step 5-a ) Click on Start -> Settings -> Personalization -> Taskbar -> People and disable People app as illustrated in the following image from the taskbar.
Step 5-c ) The following image shows you all the apps pinned to the taskbar. In this case there is only Windows Start, Cortana, Task View and File Explorer. (This is how I have my laptop setup). You might like to have more apps running on your taskbar, that is entirely up to you. Remember the more apps running on your taskbar the more resources it will use.
Step 5-d ) The following image shows you all the apps running in the background and displayed in the Show hidden icons area. In this case there is only Windows Defender Security Center running. (This is how I have my laptop setup). You might have more apps running on the background. Remember this can be controlled via Ccleaner as mentioned in Step 4 ) above.
Step 6 ) After carrying out all the above you can now start testing the performance of your Acer laptop. Open Task Manager to see how your laptop is performing. In the following image you can see the performance is very good.
The following tools, applications and browsers are resource hungry.
- Google Chrome
Step 7 ) It is now time to create your third laptop backup. This backup includes the AMD drivers and removing of apps from the taskbar and disabling tools from running at startup.
Acer Aspire Laptop Conclusion
So now you should have three backups in total ready for any disaster recovery. The first one with bare minimum drivers, the second with a fully functioning system but not totally optimized and the third one with the AMD drivers and the adjustments of apps and tools from the system for better performance. These 3 backups provide you with a choice to recover your system.
That is all you have to do to have your Acer laptop run at optimum performance and with a great recovery plan ready just in case of an emergency.
The following links can also help you improve the laptop performance.
- Windows 10 Help = This site is provided by Microsoft with many solutions to troubleshoot Windows 10 system functionality and performance.
- How to fix ‘Antimalware Service Executable’ high CPU usage = This will help you improve the CPU usage by Windows Defender Security Center.
- Advanced SystemCare: A very powerful tool to use in Windows. It helps you keep windows clean, updated, free of issues and more. The following two tools are important as well.
Note: There are other actions you can take to further improve your system. But the above should help you achieve this.
AMD Troubleshooting Solutions
Q1 I had an issue with this laptop and Windows 10. For some unknowing reason the laptop kept restarting randomly and I could not work out why.
Solution: After searching for days on the net some posted the following solution. I am still trying to work out why this solution works. My only analysis about this issue and solution is that there must be a bug between Windows 10, AMD cpu, a motherboard integrated hardware or a driver. I am sure this will be fix in a future release.
Go to “Power Options” – then click on “Choose What The Power Buttons Do” this is located on the top left hand side of the window that opens up – then uncheck the following option if you have it checked”Turn on fast startup (recommended)”.
I will be updating this tutorial in the future. So keep coming back for the latest updates.
If you have any questions please let me know.
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