Despite the fact that Windows 7 is a definite improvement on Vista, there are numerous tweaks possible to make it even better. Some of these tweaks may be simple, while others… not so much. If you follow the tips listed in this article, your Windows 7 PC or laptop will certainly run a lot faster and smoother.
Tweak #1: Visual effects
Believe or not, but Microsoft has actually added an option to Windows 7 that lets the user choose whether they’d like their system optimized for appearance or performance. Optimizing for performance basically disables all the fancy animation and transparency that Windows 7 is known for. This tweak is quite effective for improving performance.
Start off my clicking the Start button and searching for “Performance Information and Tools”. Click on the best match. A window will open. On the sidebar of this Window, there’ll be a link by the name of “Adjust Visual Effects”. Click this.
A window like this will come up:
By default, the option “Let Windows…computer” will be selected. Change it to “Adjust for best performance” to enforce the tweak. Be warned, things will change quite drastically. If you don’t like it, however, simply go back to this Window and change the setting back.
Tweak #2: Use the Windows 98 theme
Windows 7 is one of the sexier versions of Windows. However, all of the fancy appearance options that are turned on my default come at a cost – performance. So if you don’t mind having your PC look like Windows 98, this tweak improves performance to a seriously significant degree.
Click Start and search for “themes”. Click on “Change the Theme”.
A window will come up. Within this window, you’ll be able to change the theme. Scroll down and select “Windows Classic”. The theme will take a moment or two to apply.
I know it looks ugly, but I think it’s worth it for the performance boost that you’ll get in exchange.
Tweak #3: Remove unnecessary startup programs
This tweak is a common one, and you should be doing this quite frequently already. This tweak will improve how fast your computer loads after boot. On the off chance that you’re not, here’s how to do it:
Click Start, type “msconfig” and hit enter. On the window that comes up, click on the “Startup” tab. You can then deselect any programs you wish to remove from startup. You’ll have to restart for the changes to take effect.
Tweak #4: Defragment your hard drive
Whenever you perform any kind of operation involving your file system (E.g. Copying, moving or deleting files) fragmentation occurs. In short, this basically means that, over time, the way your computer stores things will become less and less organized. The consequence of this is that performing file operations becomes slower.
As such, defragmenting your hard drive every now and then will improve how quickly you can perform file operations (E.g. Copying, moving or deleting files).
Start off by downloading Defraggler. Defraggler is the world’s best free defragmenting software.
Once you’ve got Defraggler installed and open, simply select your primary hard drive (normally C: ) and click on the “Defrag” button and wait for the program to complete the task. This could take up to a few hours.