There are many improvements brought about in Windows 7, which resulted in prominent progress in its speed over its forerunner, Vista, but it cannot compared with much faster competitor Windows 8. And, most of the people have not experienced the boot of 15- seconds that Microsoft engineers have been shooting for in Windows 7 (and they achieved it in Windows 8 for many of the machines). There are definitely times often when you will still have to wait for a rotating blue doughnut in the earlier Operating Systems. If you are still apprehensive about upgrading your OS to Windows 8, despite knowing the advantages of its speed, there are more than enough things you can do in order to speed up your Windows 7 installation.
The main problem with most of the stories about “speed-up Windows 7” is that they will tell you to turn off some operating system’s attractive visual appearances and features. There are still some of the tips that will demonstrate you ways that you can use to speed up your Windows 7 operating system without any compromise in its appearance. For those people, who need even faster speed or those who do not care about any eye candy, I have listed three methods that boost system performance at the cost of few visual effects.
The pictures below show many ways to speed up a slow laptop or computer . If you want to share your own information for speeding up Windows 7, please post your tips in the comments section below
1. Uninstall Bloatware
Uninstall the bloatware that came along with your laptop or computer. And, the apps that you installed but you no longer use them. Go to the Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program and then take hatchet to anything, it can be any unwanted games, that you are no more interested in to play. Many of the programs will load such processes at a boot time and they may take up valuable RAM and CPU series. While you are here, you can also click on “Turn Windows Features On or Off” and scan that list to check if still there is anything you do not use anymore. You may also try any software like Revo or PCDecrapifier Uninstaller.
2. Limit your Startup Processes
In the search box of Start button, type MSCONFIG, and then go to the Startup tab. You will most probably see a large list of apps, mostly used for the system support, but you’ll definitely be able to recognize some of the apps that really are not needed. There is totally no need of having QuickTime or even GoogleUpdate running at all the times, E.g. Do not delete those app that support the hardware or security of your PC, but anything that is blatantly nonproductive and can go away. You may need to check names of the online programs with a website like processlibrary.com to check what they are—they may also be a malware. If you wish to get more granular, run Microsoft’s Autoruns utility.
3. Insert More RAM
Windows 7 does not have much of a take over as Vista, but if you want to move for a latest OS, requirements of the memory are larger. Here’s a grand article to explain you how to increase RAM.
4. Turn-off Search Indexing
In Vista it was done only if there was a search indexing icon in the system tray and noticed any performance lag, but that notification is not there in Windows 7. Definitely, if you do a lot of search, this will not appeal to you, as some searches will be much slower. To turn off the indexing, open the Indexing Options in Control Panel window (if you just type the “index” in the Start button search box, then you will see that choice at the top of start menu), click “Modify” and then remove locations being indexed and file types, too. If you wish to leave search indexing on, but find that it occasionally slows your system, you can stop its process if you need extra speed. Right-click on the Computer either from the Start menu or on the desktop, choose Manage. Then double-click Services and Applications, and then Services. Find Windows Search, and then double click on that. From this properties dialog, now you can choose a Startup type of “Manual” or “Disabled” to have the process silent by default.
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Defragment the hard drive of your PC.
Your disk has been storing data in the large chunks wherever there is some space on the disk, apart from whether the space is adjacent for a single file. Defragging upsurges everything and blocks any program’s bits together therefore the reader heads do not has to shuttle up and down to read a complete executable file or data . While this is lesser of the problem with latest massive hard drives and profuse RAM, a slow system can be still advantageous from defragmenting the disk. In addition to this, Windows 7 comes with an effective built-in defragger, which runs automatically at planned intervals. It can be set by default to run at any day an at anytime, when PC is generally turned off; it never gets defragged. If you are in a same boat, you have the option to either change the scheduled defrag, or defrag it on demand. You just need to type “defrag” in the search bar of Windows Start Menu, and click “Disk Defragmenter.” The account of the utility is better in Windows 7, and it shows you more of the information about what is happening on your disk as compared to Vista did. The Windows 7 production team has given a very in-depth, educational article on the Engineering Windows 7 blog.
6. Change Power Settings
Change the settings of power to maximum performance.
Of course, this is not a good choice if you wish to save electricity, but it can really boost your computing. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options. From here, click on left-panel choice of “Create a power option” and then select “High Performance.”
7. Clean Up Your Disk
Clean up Your Disk.
From the Start menu, select All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> and Disk Cleanup. This looks for unnecessary trash and files like temporary, offline Web pages, and installer files on the PC. It offers you to delete all of them at once. You may also come to know that your Recycle Bin has been bulging at the seams that you even don’t know was there. This will usually have an obvious effect on the speed if your device has been getting closer to full, though.
8. Keep on checking for Viruses & Spyware
Check for Viruses and Spyware.
You can also run the built in Windows Defender or any third-party app. You can also start it with our Editors’ Choice, Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 2010. If you do not wish to pay, yet, there are many of the free anti-malware options available. Our current Editors’ Choice for the free AV is Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.1.
9. Performance Troubleshooter
Also use the Performance Troubleshooter.
In search box of the Control Panel’s search box, just type “troubleshooting” and under the System and Security, you’ll find the choice of “Check for performance issues.” Run the troubleshooter and it may locate the root cause of your PC’s slow speed.
10. Turn-off the Desktop Gadgets
Turn-off the Desktop Gadgets.
Now we move towards the tips, which require shutting down some OS’s bling. Windows 7 abandoned the actual visual sidebar of Vista, but there is a sidebar process still running. Turn it off by typing the “gadgets” in the start menu search bar, choose “View list of running gadgets” and select each of them in turn and click on Remove to shut any gadgets you do not need.
11. Don’t Use an attractive Desktop Background
Don’t use an attractive desktop background.
This will free up your extra RAM and therefore it will really boost the speed slightly. Now, right-click on desktop and click on Personalize, then go to Desktop Background at the bottom Set it to a color of your choice.
12. Turn-off the Aero Effects Turn-off the Aero effects.
Go to the Control Panel’s Performance Information and the Tools section, and then select Adjust Visual Effects. Here you will find an extensive list of effects, but just selecting “Adjust for best performance” will turn all the things off. You will feel as you got back into a decade ago.