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How to Optimize and Speed Up Windows 7 PerformanceNeed to improve and speed up Windows 7performance? Lets talk about how y...
Run disk cleanup, Defrag and check diskThese tools are used to speed up the performance of your hard disk. To achieve this...
The “/r” parameter will locate bad sectors and will recover readable data, but also will fix disk errors.Note that these t...
Disable unnecessary visual effectsAs you may already know, Windows comes by default with some visual effects activated. Fe...
Update Windows with the latest definitionsOne important step in optimizing your computer’s performance is by installing th...
Disable unused programs that run at startupRemember that your computer may probably run software that is not needed all th...
For instance, iTunes, QuickTime and Adobe Manager can be disabled to improve your computer’sperformance. Remember that the...
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Boost Windows 7 Performance

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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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Boost Windows 7 Performance

  1. 1. How to Optimize and Speed Up Windows 7 PerformanceNeed to improve and speed up Windows 7performance? Lets talk about how you cando this by customizing and tuning someWindows features.Some of these options are also available inWindows 8 and Server Editions; thats why Ithink this article is a good starting point inimproving all Windows OS performance.I don’t know how many of you encounteredslow performance, errors or even bluescreens when running Windows platform, butI’ve been working with Windows 7 and previous editions for quite a while now and I can definitelysay that the default settings of this OS can be tuned so that better results in terms of performancecan be achieved.I wont talk about improving your hardware components because you may already know that withouta proper hardware configuration, your tuning may have no effect. Consider improving your physicalmemory, CPU and Video Card where necessary.Check out the recommended Windows 7 configuration and compare it with yours. My homecomputer has around 4 Gb of RAM and Intel I3 processor and I have no problems running thisversion of Windows.Of course, when running applications that use of lot of resources (rendering software, Video games)I sometimes encounter slow performance. You should choose your hardware configurationaccording to your needs (what applications are you going to use on your workstation).I advise you buy and install an SSD hard-drive for your computer’s OS. After installing Windows 7on the SSD drive, my computer performance increased significantly thats why I recommend thisupgrade to anyone.
  2. 2. Run disk cleanup, Defrag and check diskThese tools are used to speed up the performance of your hard disk. To achieve this, right click onthe desired partition (where the OS is installed) and then click “Properties”. Now select the “Tools”tab and click on one of the tools listed here:The “Disk defragmentation tool” will align data blocks written on your hard drive in order to makethem easier to be accessed by the OS. The “Error-checking” tool will fix any bugs from your hard-disk. I prefer running the command line tool rather than using the GUI. Open “command prompt” andtype the following:
  3. 3. 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.The “Disk Cleanup” tool is used to delete unnecessary data stored on your computer, such astemporary internet files, thumbnails, debug dump files, etc. To open this tool simply type “DiskCleanup” in the search bar. You will then be prompted to enter a disk partition on which the tool willexecute. After calculating the disk space gained, you will be redirected to the following screen:Check all the things that you want to remove and then click the “OK” button.
  4. 4. Disable unnecessary visual effectsAs you may already know, Windows comes by default with some visual effects activated. Featureslike Windows Aero, shadows or thumbnails can be disabled to boost your computer’s performance.Right click “My Computer” and then select “Properties”. After the window opens, click the “Advancedsystem settings” button from the right side. You will then be prompted to the following screen:In the “Performance tab” click the “Settings” button. Next, select an option from the ones available.You can adjust your settings for “best performance”, “best appearance” or select the features thatyou want to activate one by one:
  5. 5. Update Windows with the latest definitionsOne important step in optimizing your computer’s performance is by installing the latest updates. Atleast, critical and security updates must be applied so that you can better prevent and fix bugs,errors, malicious software installation or intrusions. Note that Microsoft often releases updates to fixsome known bugs that exist on a fresh Windows installation. Some of these updates can even fixand optimize performance issues.To install the latest updates go to “Control PanelSystem and SecurityWindows Update” and thenclick “Check for updates” button. Wait until Windows finds all available updates and then select theones that you want to install. In the end, you will probably have to restart your workstation.
  6. 6. Disable unused programs that run at startupRemember that your computer may probably run software that is not needed all the time. Some ofthese programs can be disabled to increase speed. For achieving this, I prefer using the MicrosoftSystem Configuration Utility tool. You can run it by typing “Msconfig” from the run prompt:Navigate to the “Startup” tab and then deselect the programs that are not mandatory:
  7. 7. For instance, iTunes, QuickTime and Adobe Manager can be disabled to improve your computer’sperformance. Remember that these programs may run in the back, so as a user you may not beaware of the running processes.Disable unused Windows ServicesYou can also optimize computer’s performance by disabling unused Windows services. By disablingthem you increase the available RAM memory and CPU. Open the "Services" console in any wayyou prefer (I’m used to open the Services console by typing Services.msc from the run prompt):To see the rest of the list of performance boosting tips, visit our blog!

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