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9 Essential Tips to Speed Up Windows 7

Dec 5, 2013

The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system has been designed for delivering better speeds than its predecessors. However, as time passes by, the laptop/PC might tend to get slower. This is not exactly the fault of the OS. As a matter of fact, it is a common problem faced by many operating systems.

The major reasons for this are the accumulation of junk in the system or a highly stuffed hard drive or the running of too many unnecessary services and programs. Here we shared a few essential tips that can help speed up Windows 7 performance on laptops or computers. Hope it helps!

1. Using Minimal Visual Effects

Disabling certain (or all) visual effects can definitely enhance performance. To disable visual effects, do the following:

Doing the above might make the screen less attractive. But, the performance will surely get a boost.

2. Using Minimal Sound Effects

For disabling sound effects, do the following:

3. Run A Trusted Anti-Virus Program

Ensure that you have good anti-virus software loaded on your laptop/computer. This will ensure that no malware or spyware gets planted in your system. Without such protection software, there are chances of third-party malware and virus being installed or stored on your system, causing harmful effects and also eating up precious space.

4. Install Only Essential Software

Ensure that you installed only the software which you need. If you install any trial software and find out that you don’t really need it, uninstall and delete it immediately. Else, they might hog precious disk space, RAM, and processor cycles. If you’ve installed software, which you are unable to get rid of, and which is hampering the normal functioning of your laptop, then you might have to format your hard drive. Be aware that formatting your hard drive might wipe out all your data. Therefore it is best you take a backup before going ahead with formatting.

5. Disable Or Make Unneeded Services Manual

Some processes and services, which might not really be necessary, are by default made to start automatically once the system starts up. They will consume RAM as well as the processor’s attention, slowing down other important tasks. It is best to disable them. For this, do the following:

6. Disabling Unwanted Start-Up Programs To Speed Up System Start-Up

Some programs are set to start during system start-up. These might slow down the start-up process. Programs that are not really needed during start-up can be disabled. For this, do the following:

7. Clean Up The Hard Drive

Remove unwanted files, like temp files, downloaded program files, recycle bin, etc. You could use the Disk Cleanup option to do this, as follows:

8. Enable Write Caching On Device

This is an option that allows the OS to flush changed data to the hard disk when the system is idle so that performance is not affected when in use. For enabling this, do the following:

Note: However, there is one disadvantage in enabling these options – if there is a power outage or a system crash, data might be lost or corrupted. If you have a secondary power supply, like a UPS, you could go ahead with checking these options.

9. Perform Disk Defragmentation

When there is no sufficient space to store in a hard drive, the OS splits the file into parts and stores it in different areas on the hard drive. Defragmenting allows all these parts to be stored in contiguous memory locations. For defragmenting the disk do the following:

These pretty much sum up the small things that you can do, to make a big difference to your Windows 7′s performance. If you have some personal tips you’ve done yourself to improve the performances, we’d like to hear from you.