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Essential Tips To Speed Up Windows 7

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Using Minimal Visual Effects

Disabling certain (or all) visual effects can definitely enhance performance. To disable visual effects, do the following:

- Press Windows key and while holding it down, press Pause/Break key.

- In the window that appears, click on Advanced system settings in the left side pane.

- In the Advanced tab, under Performance Section, click on Settings

- In the Performance Options window (refer figure) that appears, under Visual Effects tab, disable the options that you do not need. Or simply selecting ‘Adjust for best performance‘ will disable all options.

- After disabling the option, click Apply and then OK.

Doing the above might make the screen less attractive. But, the performance will surely get a boost.

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Using Minimal Sound Effects

For disabling sound effects, do the following:

- Click Start. In the search box type mmsys.cpl and press Enter

- In the Sound window (refer figure) that appears click on Sounds tab

- Set the Sounds scheme to ‘No Sounds

- You could set only the essential sounds if needed in the Program Events, by selecting the specific event and then choosing the sound from the Sounds drop-down menu below.

- You can as well disable the "Play Windows Startup sound" option.

- After the settings are done, click Apply and OK.

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Run A Trusted Anti-Virus Program

Ensure that you have a good anti-virus software loaded on your laptop/computer. This will ensure that no malware or spyware gets planted in your system. Without such protection software, there are chances of third party malware and virus being installed or stored on your system, causing harmful effects and also eating up precious space.

Install Only Essential Software

Ensure that you install only that software which you need. If you install any trial software and find out that you don’t really need it, uninstall and delete it immediately. Else, they might hog precious disk space, RAM and processor cycles. If you’ve installed a software, which you are unable to get rid of, and which is hampering the normal functioning of your laptop, then you might have to format your hard drive. Be aware that formatting your hard drive might wipe out all your data. Therefore it is best you take a back-up before going ahead with formatting.

Disable Or Make Unneeded Services Manual

Some processes and services, which might not really be necessary, are by default made to start automatically once the system starts up. They will consume RAM as well as the processor’s attention, slowing down other important tasks. It is best to disable them. For this, do the following:

- Click Start. In the search box type services.msc and press Enter

- Go to Services & Applications > Services. You’ll see the Services window (refer figure).

- Right-click on a service that you wish to set to manual or disable. If the service is already started, Stop it first.

- Once the service is stopped, again right-click on it and select Properties.

- In the Startup type, you can either set the service to Manual, if you would be using it later, or Disableit, if not needed.

- Once done, you can close the window.

services windows 7

Disabling Unwanted Start-Up Programs To Speed Up System Start-Up

Some programs are set to start during system start-up. These might slow down the start-up process. Programs that are not really needed during start-up can be disabled. For this, do the following:

- Click Start. In the search box type msconfig and press Enter.

- In the System Configuration window (refer figure), go to Startup.

- Uncheck the box next to those processes that are not important for start-up. This will disable them.

- Once you’ve disabled the processes, click Apply and OK.

system-configuration windows 7

Clean Up The Hard Drive

Remove unwanted files, like temp files, downloaded program files, recycle bin, etc. You could use Disk Cleanup option to do this, as follows:

- Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup

- The system will first calculate how much space can be freed up this way. In the Disk Cleanup window (refer figure) that appears, select the files in that need to be deleted under the Files to delete list.

- For deleting ‘System Restore‘ and ‘Shadow copy‘ files, click "Clean up system files" and then on "More Options" tab

- Finally click OK. You’ll be prompted again before the deletion. Click Yes.

disk-cleanup windows 7

Enable Write Caching On Device

This is an option which allows the OS to flush changed data to the hard disk when the system is idle, so that performance is not affected when in use. For enabling this, do the following:

- Press Windows key and while holding it down, press Pause/Break key.

- In the window that appears, click on Device Manager in the left hand pane.

- In the next window that appears, expand Disk drives.

- The drop-down list will show the hard drive. Right-click on it and select Properties.

- Click the Policies tab in the Device Properties window (refer figure).

- Check the box next to "Enable write caching on the device"

- You can as well check the box next to "Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device" and then click OK.

Perform Disk Defragmentation

When there is no sufficient space to store in a hard drive, the OS splits the file into parts and stores it in different areas on the hard drive. Defragmenting allows all these parts to be stored in contiguous memory locations. For defragmenting disk do the following:

Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter

- In the window (refer figure) that appears, click on the drive that you want to defragment and then clickAnalyze disk.

- This will estimate the time required for the process. When done click on Defragment disk.

- Once done you can either View Report or click Close.

disk-defragmenter windows 7

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