I will dropdown 8 simple ways to speed-up your windows 7 system and experience more smooth and improved operating system.
Windows 7 is a great innovation of Microsoft way back 2009 compare to its earlier famous versions of windows “XP” and “Vista.” But many factors may affect its performance that the user usually don’t know.
1. HARDWARE – Check your computer hardware if it can run windows 7.
Open “My Computer” and “RightClick” to its black space and click “Properties” to see installed hardware’s.
The minimum requirements to run windows 7 is 1 Gigahertz or faster 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) based processor. Your Ram must be 1 GB if you want to run 32 bit and must be 2 GB if you want to run 64 bit. Your computer should have atleast 16 to 20 GB Storage and a graphic device with WDDM 1.0 and later which supports Direct X 9 and later.
If your computer hardware doesn’t meet the minimum requirements then you cannot run windows 7 smoothly.
If your computers’ hardware meets the minimum requirements, then watchout for individual devices. Having High Speed and Multi Core processor doesn’t mean faster processes.
Your Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SDD) and your Random Access Memory (RAM) should be faster too. HDD/SDD with lower free space is slower compare to those who have higher amount of free space.
If you have enough budget, you could change your HDD to SDD.
The higher capacity and speed of RAM is much faster and wise to use.
In addition, installing graphic card even a low-profile card will do a great job.
2. UNECESSARY APPLICATION – Chose and uninstall unnecessary application in your computer.
Uninstall old applications that you don’t often or no longer used.
Your computer will eventually suffer if you are running unnecessary services and applications. For example, if you are running 2 different antivirus at the same time.
Techie tools like cd and dvd burner, video converter, youtube or other video and mp3 downloader, torrent downloader, and other similar applications especially when it is unlicensed, will keep on running and waste your resources. In fact, you don’t need some of these apps.
For example, you can use online tool to convert and download videos instead of installing software. It is much wiser to use online tool compare to installing applications not just to prevent automatically installation of malware, but also to speed-up your system.
3. STARTUP PROGRAMS – Startup applications such as antivirus, anti-malware tools, graphics and sound devices, Bluetooth devices, printers, and many of the tools installed in your computer are examples of this.
You can find those applications in the lower right corner of your window. You can disable its automatic startup on login by rightclicking the icons and look for option “disable auto startup.”
Another way to disable these applications is by using “MS Config”
Just press “Windows Button” + “R” Or Type “Run” in a search box
Type “msconfig” and a window will pop-up
Navigate to “Startup” and you will see the list of applications that will automatically start during login.
Unchecked the app that you don’t want to automatically start.
Everytime your computer logs in, startup programs also runs in background. All background process and your startup process are waiting for your computer to process them completely. Your computers’ system will become a huge bottle neck for all of these processes and at this time, your computer may not respond.
4. DEFRAGMENT – Open “My Computer” and “RightClick” your Drive which is your Operating System installed. Hint – It has a logo of windows, normally labeled “Local Disk (C)”
Click “Properties” and a window will open
Navigate “Tool” and click “Defragment”
Click “Analyze Disk” to know how many percent of the disk is fragemented.
If it reaches 10% or higher, you need to defragement it now.
You can also schedule automatic defragmenter which runs in background. For example is every 7 days.
Take Note: You can only defragment Hard Disk Drive. Defragmenting Solid State Drive will damage its memory.
Everytime your computer stores and delete files into your hardisk, it becomes fragmented. Fragmented means associated files are stored in different part of your drive. Does, if the computer needed these files, your hardisk would first need to search and find all parts of this files and it takes too much time before the computer reads and process it.
5. ANTIVURUS – Use “Windows Defender” to remove malware in your system.
Over Promising third party Antivirus will not guaranteed to speed-up your system.
In my experience, installing such third parties’ antimalware apps makes my system busier rather than runs smoothly.
In addition, it is unnecessary to install 2 or more antivirus because windows have its own antivirus.
I personally don’t use third party antivirus because it runs indefinitely and I don’t want to waste my hardware’s life span. Installing 1 third party antivirus is enough as long as it is updated.
6. POWER OPTION – Open “Control Panel” and locate “Power Option”
Analyze how your computer reacts to your power management.
For example, if you are using laptop, your power management settings would allow your CPU to run only maximum of 50 percent of its frequency if you are using battery.
You can also adjust how long before your hard disk drive turned off at low power profile. Frequently dropping down of hard disk drive will greatly affect your computers overall performance.
7. AVOID SCREEN GADGETS – Screen gadgets in windows 7 will greatly help busy users to notify some of the important things such as time, date and schedules, weather, and even to entertain using the photo viewer and lightweight games.
Although these applications are lightweight, they continues to synchronized your system and internet, preventing your system to relax.
Instead of using CPU Meter, you can use “Task Manager” or “Resource Monitor” which will give you more advance monitors and controls without affecting the performance of your computer.
8. REINSTALL WINDOWS – If you did all tips above but seen no improvement in your system, then your last resort is to reinstall windows.
This might take time but greatly improve your computers performance. I usually perform clean reinstall every 6 months to maintain my computers good performance but I advised you to do it every 12 months.