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Need to improve and speed up Windows 7 performance? Let's talk about how you can do this by customizing and tuning some Windows features. Some of these options are also available in Windows 8 and Server Editions; that's why I think this article is a good starting point in improving all Windows OS performance.

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    1. 1. 12 Easy Steps to a Faster ComputerOptimize and Speed UpWindows 7 and 8
    2. 2. What Will I Learn Here?We have guides and pictures for every step of the way12 Easy Tipsfor EveryoneScreenshotsGuide YouSimpleTutorials
    3. 3. Optimize Your Computer!Tired of your sluggish, irritatingly slow system? Get started now!
    4. 4. Need to improve and speed upWindows 7 performance? Lets talkabout how you can do this bycustomizing and tuning someWindows features. Some of theseoptions are also available inWindows 8 and Server Editions;thats why I think this article is a goodstarting point in improving allWindows OS performance.Optimize Windows PerformanceI don’t know how many of you encountered slow performance, errors oreven blue screens when running Windows platform, but I’ve beenworking with Windows 7 and previous editions for quite a while now andI can definitely say that the default settings of this OS can be tuned sothat better results in terms of performance can be achieved.
    5. 5. I wont talk about improving your hardware components because youmay already know that without a proper hardware configuration, yourtuning may have no effect. Consider improving your physical memory,CPU and Video Card where necessary. Check out the recommendedWindows 7 configuration and compare it with yours.My home computer has around 4 Gb of RAM and Intel I3 processor andI have no problems running this version of Windows. Of course, whenrunning applications that use of lot of resources (rendering software,Video games) I sometimes encounter slow performance.You should choose your hardware configuration according to your needs(what applications are you going to use on your workstation). I adviseyou buy and install an SSD hard-drive for your computer’s OS. Afterinstalling Windows 7 on the SSD drive, my computer performanceincreased significantly thats why I recommend this upgrade to anyone.Optimize Windows Performance
    6. 6. These tools are used to speed up theperformance of your hard disk. Toachieve this, right click on the desiredpartition (where the OS is installed) andthen click “Properties”. Now select the“Tools” tab and click on one of the toolslisted here.#1. Run disk cleanup, Defrag and check diskThe “Disk defragmentation tool” will align data blocks written onyour hard drive in order to make them easier to be accessed by theOS. The “Error-checking” tool will fix any bugs from your hard-disk.
    7. 7. #1. Cont’d.I prefer running the command line tool rather than using the GUI. Open“command prompt” and type the following:The “/r” parameter will locate bad sectors and will recover readable data,but also will fix disk errors.Note that these tools will take a while to finish their operation.
    8. 8. The “Disk Cleanup” tool is used todelete unnecessary data storedon your computer, such astemporary internet files,thumbnails, debug dump files, etc.To open this tool simply type “DiskCleanup” in the search bar. Youwill then be prompted to enter adisk partition on which the tool willexecute. After calculating the diskspace gained, you will beredirected to the following screen.Check all the things that you wantto remove and then click the “OK”button.#1. Cont’d.
    9. 9. As you may already know,Windows comes by default withsome visual effects activated.Features like Windows Aero,shadows or thumbnails can bedisabled to boost yourcomputer’s performance. Rightclick “My Computer” and thenselect “Properties”.#2. Disable unnecessary visual effectsAfter the window opens, click the “Advanced system settings” buttonfrom the right side. You will then be prompted to the following screen:
    10. 10. In the “Performance tab”click the “Settings” button.Next, select an optionfrom the ones available.You can adjust yoursettings for “bestperformance”, “bestappearance” or select thefeatures that you want toactivate one by one:#2. Cont’d.
    11. 11. One important step in optimizing your computer’s performance is byinstalling the latest updates. At least, critical and security updates mustbe applied so that you can better prevent and fix bugs, errors,malicious software installation or intrusions. Note that Microsoft oftenreleases updates to fix some known bugs that exist on a freshWindows installation. Some of these updates can even fix and optimizeperformance issues.To install the latest updates go to “Control PanelSystem andSecurityWindows Update” and then click “Check for updates” button.Wait until Windows finds all available updates and then select the onesthat you want to install. In the end, you will probably have to restartyour workstation.#3. Update Windows with the latest definitions
    12. 12. Remember that your computer may probably run software that is notneeded all the time. Some of these programs can be disabled toincrease speed. For achieving this, I prefer using the Microsoft SystemConfiguration Utility tool. You can run it by typing “Msconfig” from therun prompt:#4. Disable unused programs that run at startup
    13. 13. Navigate to the “Startup” tab and then deselect the programs that arenot mandatory. For instance, iTunes, QuickTime and Adobe Managercan be disabled to improve your computer’s performance. Rememberthat these programs may run in the back, so as a user you may not beaware of the running processes.#4. Cont’d.
    14. 14. ?But wait…There’s More!Can’t believe it huh?
    15. 15. You can also optimize computer’s performance by disabling unusedWindows services. By disabling them you increase the available RAMmemory and CPU. Open the "Services" console in any way you prefer(I’m used to open the Services console by typing Services.msc from therun prompt):#5. Disable unused Windows Services
    16. 16. Select the services that you want to disable, right click them and thenselect "Properties". From the following window you can set the service"Startup type" to "Disabled". Check the following image:Services like Tablet PC input Service or Windows Indexing Service canbe disabled if you don’t need them.#5. Cont’d.
    17. 17. In many occasions, your computer can have low performance becauseit may be infected with viruses. The best method of dealing with virusesis by installing an antivirus program and run it on a regular basis.In Windows 7, you can install Microsoft Security Essentials for free andit will do the job perfectly. You can always choose another securitysoftware such as AVG, Nod32, Kaspersky, etc.I also use “Malwarebytes” to scan for malware. This tool can be used forfree a period of time before registering or buying it. I’ve worked with thissoftware and I would it recommend to anyone. Many of the malwareexisted on my computer were detected and cleaned using this tool.#6. Scan your computer for malware
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    19. 19. This tool is very powerful and can be used to significantly improve yourcomputer’s speed. It is a freeware software available for download fromhttp://www.piriform.com/ccleaner. This program will scan all areas ofyour computer and will clean and fix things like registry keys, temporaryfiles, recycle bin, history and cookies etc.#7. Use CCleaner or any other optimizing software
    20. 20. I recommend that you uninstall any unused programs from yourcomputer. By doing this, registry keys are cleaned, hard disk space isincreased, running processes are reduced and overall computer’sperformance is increased.You can uninstall software from your computer by using any third partyprograms like “Revo Uninstaller” or simply by using the “Uninstall”feature available in Windows 7.To do this, open “Control Panel” go to “Programs” and then Click“Uninstall a program” from the available options. From the list select anysoftware that you do not use and click uninstall. Be careful becauseuninstalling any software used by your OS may result in a system crush.#8. Uninstall any unwanted program
    21. 21. You can turn off thesevisual effects if youdon’t need them. Toachieve this, right clickyour Desktop and select“Properties”. You canselect a solid color as aWallpaper and disablethe Screen Server fromrunning on yourcomputer.#9. Disable the Screen Server and the Wallpaper
    22. 22. Remember that Windowsaudio effects use yourcomputer’s resources so ifyou disable some of them,you can increase theperformance of yourworkstation. Open“Control Panel” navigateto the “Hardware andSounds” menu and thenclick the “Sound” button.Select and disable thedesired sounds from thelist:#10. Disable unnecessary Windows sounds
    23. 23. Bet you just can’t wait to see how fast yourcomputer is going to run after you’re done!Just a few more…Hang in there, you’re almost finished.
    24. 24. If you are a computerAdministrator, you shoulddisable UAC for boostingperformance. UAC is anotification mechanismused to prevent maliciouschanges to your system.NOTE: This is only foradvanced users.#11. Disable UAC
    25. 25. You can choose how the processor allocates resources by selecting the“Background service” option rather than “Programs”. You can also opt forincreasing the size of the page file.#12. Increasing page file & allocating memory
    26. 26. The page file is used byWindows similar to RAM soincreasing it would probablyincrease your computer’sperformance (if needed).I usually don’t change the size ofthe page file because Windowswill select the required sizeautomatically. Check the“Automatically manage pagingfiles for all drivers” feature fromthe Virtual Memory menu.#12. Cont’d.
    27. 27. After covering these steps, your overall computer performance shouldincrease. I hope this article will serve you well and will help you achievefaster speeds.Comment or leave any questions that you have. Also, if there is somethingmore to add to this article don’t hesitate to contact me.Enjoy Poweradmin.com and stay tuned for future articles.I wish you all the best in this wonderful day folks!Author: Popescu Dan-AlexandruEmail: dancb10@gmail.comWebsite: www.ittrainingday.comCongratulations!
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