Windows 7 is certainly Microsoft’s top gun when it comes to a satisfying OS experience. Its predecessor Windows Vista was regarded as a major failure and was also called a fancy excuse for those who couldn’t afford a Mac. Thankfully, Microsoft realized the poor optimization and slowdown issues and released Windows 7 in less than 3 years after Vista.
Windows 7 was a major improvement over vista not only in terms of performance but for also new features and functions. While it worked on a similar interface (Aero Theme) as the former OS, it was much faster and is currently enjoys the highest number of users across the globe. But all this clearly doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Despite of being the slickest version of windows OS till date, Windows 7 can still be tweaked to perform better. Let us take a look at some simple fixes to speed up windows 7.
By saying this, we don’t mean ‘turn off your screens’ (it can’t be done on laptops anyways), but using minimal visual effects can actually boost your Pc’s performance. Visual effects are basically how various windows and dialog boxes behave when you interact with them (minimize, maximize, glance etc.). This can be done easily through the following steps.
- Here you can choose what effects do you want and once you’ve made the changes click on ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ to exit the box. Or you can simply choose ‘Adjust for best performance’ option and save your settings by clicking apply and ok.
- On the left panel click on advanced system settings to open System Properties Dialog Box. Under the performance heading click ‘settings’ to bring up another dialog box named ‘Performance Options’.
- Open Control Panel and navigate to System and Security and then System. You can also press “Windows+Pause/Break’ to directly open up system settings.
Disable and Uninstall Unnecessary Programs
This is a major problem with users who upgraded from XP to Windows 7 (didn’t we all at some point?). The best way to ensure a smooth and stable system performance is to not clutter it with programs and software you don’t use. A lot of users tend to install a certain program but never use it more than once or twice. Over time such unused programs can cause system slowdowns by piling up on your RAM and hard drive. Some programs might also cause slowdowns during system start and need to be disabled from launching at startup.
Disable Startup Programs
Most common complaint about Windows computers is a sluggish startup, which is usually the main reason for rage among users. System startup should ideally fall between 15-30 seconds, but on older systems this might stretch to around a minute. Sometimes disabling unnecessary programs that launch during startups can also cause slowdowns and disabling them is quite easy. Just follow these steps.
- Click on the startup tab to view all the programs that launch during startup. You can disable programs such as messenger apps, backup client, music players etc. to significantly speed up windows 7.
- Alternatively, you can also directly access system configuration by pressing Windows+R and typing msconfig in the search bar.
- Once the window opens up, double click on system configuration to open up another dialog box.
- Press ‘Home/Windows’ key and type administrative tools in the search bar and press enter.
The best way to improve your Windows 7 speed, is by deleting junk and making some room to breathe inside your hard disk. While you can use programs such as Advanced System Optimizer to quickly scan and delete unusable and unneeded files from your computer. There is however, an inbuilt function that lets you do the same.
- Once the scan is complete, the cleanup program will let you choose the elements you wish to remove from your computer. This list would usually include leftover files from downloaded programs, temporary internet files, offline webpages, setup log files, temp files, thumbnails, recycled items and error reports etc.
- The new window will ask you to specify the drive you wish to clean. Once you’ve specified the location, click ok to begin scanning.
- At the start menu, click All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleanup.
Sometimes the cause of slowdown is not how much data is stored on your disk, but how it is fragmented so it can be efficiently read by your RAM. Therefore, it is important that you perform a disk defragmentation on a regular basis for optimal system functioning. The inbuilt disk defragmentation tool is certainly the best for this job.
- To access disk defragmenter, go to start menu and click on All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defragmenter.
- Once the defragmenter opens, choose the partition or drive you want to de-frag and click on ‘Analyze Disk’.
- Once the disk has been analyzed, it will prompt if your disk requires defragmentation or not. If yes, then click on defragment disk or else exit the window by clicking close.
Windows 7 might be great, but it still needs some maintenance and tune ups to optimize it functions. The above list can take care of a majority of slowdown problems with your computer and can effectively speed up Windows 7. Slowdowns can also be caused due to malware and Trojans, so do not ignore the importance of a robust antivirus program.