Windows 7 is a great innovation of Microsoft way back 2009 compare to its earlier famous versions of windows “XP” and “Vista.” Both Microsoft as the developer and its users claim Windows 7 is much faster, reliable, and compatible than their previous version Windows Vista. However, many factors may affect its performance that the user usually doesn’t know.
These 8 simple ways to speed-up your Windows 7 system and experience a more smooth and improved operating system.
- 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. The minimum requirements to run Windows 7 are 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 at least 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 watch out for individual devices. Having High Speed and Multi-Core processors 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 compared to those who have a 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 a graphics card even a low-profile card will do a great job.
- UNNECESSARY APPLICATION – Chose and uninstall an unnecessary application on 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 antiviruses 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 an 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 automatic installation of malware, but also to speed-up your system.
- 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 right-clicking the icons and look for the 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.
Every time your computer logs in, startup programs also run in the background. All background processes and your startup process are waiting for your computer to process them completely. Your computer’s system will become a huge bottleneck for all of these processes and at this time, your computer may not respond.
- 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 fragmented.
If it reaches 10% or higher, you need to defragment it now.
You can also schedule automatic defragmenter which runs in the background. For example, it is every 7 days.
Take Note: You can only defragment Hard Disk Drive. Defragmenting Solid State Drive will damage its memory.
Every time your computer stores and delete files into your hard disk, it becomes fragmented. Fragmented means associated files are stored in a different part of your drive. Does, if the computer needed these files, your hard disk would first need to search and find all parts of these files and it takes too much time before the computer reads and process it.
- ANTIVIRUS – Use “Windows Defender” to remove malware in your system.
Over Promising third party Antivirus will not be 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 their 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.
- POWER OPTION – Open “Control Panel” and locate “Power Option”
Analyze how your computer reacts to your power management.
For example, if you are using a laptop, your power management settings would allow your CPU to run only a maximum of 50 percent of its frequency if you are using a battery.
You can also adjust how long before your hard disk drive turned off at a low power profile. Frequently dropping down of hard disk drive will greatly affect your computers overall performance.
- 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 continue to synchronize your system and the internet, preventing your system to relax.
Instead of using the CPU Meter, you can use “Task Manager” or “Resource Monitor” which will give you more advanced monitors and controls without affecting the performance of your computer.
- REINSTALL WINDOWS – If you did all the tips above (except your but seen no improvement in your system, then your last resort is to reinstall windows.
This might take time but greatly improve the performance of your computer. I usually perform clean reinstall every 6 months to maintain my computers good performance but I advised you to do it every 12 months.
Did you fix your windows 7 problem? How did you fix it? Let us know in the comment section.