How to Speed up Windows 7
With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft may just have introduced the fastest operating system in the world. For those speed junkies who are never satisfied, we have provided a few tips that will help you make your PC even faster.
Disable Automatic Disk Defragmentation
The Automatic Disk Defragmentation feature in Windows is designed to maintain the health of the operating system. However, it also makes Windows run a little slower. You can put an end to this by disabling the feature and manually running at your leisure. To do so, click “Start” and select “Computer." Next, right click on your primary hard drive and select “Properties." Lastly, select the “Tools” tab, click “Defragment Now” and uncheck the “Run on a schedule” option.
ReadyBoost is a built-in Windows 7 feature that allows you to use a USB flash drive to enhance system performance. How is this possible? The drive itself acts as additional computer memory!
In order to make use of this feature, you will need a USB drive with at least 2 GB of space. From there, you simply connect the drive to your computer, click “Start” and select “Computer." Next, click on the USB drive and select “ReadyBoost." Lastly, select “Use this device” and choose as much capacity as possible below on the “Space to reserve for system speed” slide.
Disable Windows Transparency
The transparency of windows is a great perk from a presentation aspect, but this may not be the case for those with older hardware as it can drastically impact performance. The good thing is that transparency can be disabled with ease. Simply right-click on your desktop, select “Personalize," choose the active theme and then navigate to “Windows Color." Finally, uncheck the “Enable Transparency” option.
Disable Unwanted Features
There may be numerous Windows 7 features that you really don’t need. These same features could also slow down your computer. To disable them, click on “Start," choose “Control Panel” and then select “Programs and features." Next, select the “Turn Windows features on or off” option, navigate through the list and uncheck all the features you want to disable. Once you are done, simply click “OK” to remove those features.
Disable Startup Services
Startup services are notorious for slowing down performance in XP and Vista. The same holds true for Windows 7. You can disable unwanted services by hitting “Start," typing “msconfig” in the search bar and clicking “Enter." Click the “Services Tab” on the next window and deselect the services you do not want to automatically run at startup. While this all depends on preference, services that impact performance the most include “Offline Files," “Tablet PC Input Services," Terminal Services," “Fax” and “Windows Search."
Disable Minimizing/Maximizing Animations
Many users have already fallen in love with the minimizing and maximizing animation effects of windows. However, some may find it irritating after a while as it can eventually lead to slowdowns. If you want to disable this function, hit “Start," enter “System Properties Performance” in the search bar and click “OK." On the next screen, deselect the “Animate window when minimizing and maximizing” option and click “OK."
Update Your Windows 7 Drivers
Lastly, ensure that you have the latest device drivers made specifically for Windows 7. Since your PC can have hundreds of drivers installed in it at any given time, this task can be tedious. Luckily there are 3rd party utilities out thee such as Driver Detective, which can greatly speed up this process.