6 ways to speed up Windows 7

Is your Windows 7 installation slow? Here are some tips on how to improve the performance easily!

1) Make sure you have enough RAM on your machine, at least 2 GB
Windows and all applications you use each need their dose of RAM,  and if you need more than you have, Windows will swap.
You should also consider even more RAM if you do a lot of photo or video editing.

2) Disable the Search Indexing Feature in Windows 7
Unless you search a lot on your computer, keeping this feature active just causes a lot of work for the operating system.

  • Right click on My Computer, select Manage
  • Click “Services and Applications”
  • Choose Services
  • Locate the “Windows Search” service
  • Change “Startup type” to Disabled

3) Disable “the fancy GUI”
The standard GUI for Windows 7 does take a lot of resources. You can disable it quickly by:

  • Right click on My Computer, select properties
  • Select “Advanced system settings” in the left menu
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • Choose settings under Performance
  • Select “Adjust for best performance”
  • And click “Ok”

4) Get a USB Stick or a SD card
If you do not have a SSD drive for your computer, Windows can use USB drives or SD cards to speed up itself automatically.

  • Plug in either a USB stick or a SD Card
  • Right click the device in “My Computer”
  • Select ReadyBoost
  • Select how much of the device you want to dedicate for it
  • And click Ok

5) Disable unwanted programs from starting up at boot
If you have many programs starting up at boot, they will hog up a lot of resources. You can stop programs from starting at boot by:

  • Run msconfig
  • Go to startup
  • Unhook the programs you don’t want starting up at boot

6) Get a quick SSD disk
SSD disks have no moving parts and therefore is both quieter and in many cases also quicker than normal hard drives.  Windows 7 is also optimized for SSD disks.

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