Multiple Ways to Speed up Windows® 7
No doubt Windows 7 is fast, but you can always have more speed. Following Windows 7 tips are suitable for everyone from home users to businesses.
1. Windows 7 only uses one core to boot out of the box. By changing the number of cores used you can reduce the boot time:
STEP 1. Click on Start and then Run
STEP 2. Search for Run and type msconfig
STEP 3. Click on the tab Boot and click on Advanced options
STEP 4. Check Number of processors and enter how many your computer has (usually 2,4 or 8)
STEP 5. Click OK and Apply
STEP 6. Reboot the system.
2. Turning off the Minimize-Maximize animation can make your system faster.
STEP 1. Go to Start and type in SystemPropertiesPerformance.
STEP 2. Go the Visual Effects tab.
STEP 3. Untick Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing and click OK.
3. Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use lots of system resources. For maximum performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.
STEP 1. Open Control Panel.
STEP 2. Open Fonts folder.
STEP 3. Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:FONTBKUP?) just in case you. need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will increase.
4. Windows 7 shutdowns quite faster than Windows Vista or Windows XP, but it can be improved further by making this registry change which reduced the time Windows waits to kill processes:
STEP 1. Click on Start and type in regedit and press Enter.
STEP 2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl.
STEP 3. Right-click on WaitToKillServiceTimeOut and change and lower the value.
STEP 4. The default is 12000 (12 seconds) but you can lower this to any number .
STEP 5. Click OK and reboot machine.
5. If you know where your data are stored, and seldom do a file search,Â then the Search Indexing feature is a total waste of time. It uses up quite a lot of resources and is one feature We’d recommend most users disabling:
STEP 1. Click on Start and type in services.msc
STEP 2. Find and right-click Windows Search
STEP 2. In the startup type field choose Disabled
6. Many applications start automatically or start components with Windows, which will slow your bootup times and consume unnecessary resources. These include programs such as Acrobat, Quicktime, iTunes, Java etc. To stop these programs autostarting:
STEP 1. Go to Start and enter msconfig
STEP 2. Click on the startup tab and uncheck anything you are certain you don’t need e.g. don’t untick your Anti-Virus program.
7. Some Windows 7 services use a lot of unnecessary memory, which is particularly bad if you don’t use them. Instead of disabling services, we recommend that you set services you don’t think you need to manual just in case you make a mistake.
STEP 1. Go to Control Panel. Click on Administrative Tools and then click on Services.
STEP 2. Right click on each individual service you want to disable.