7 Essential Settings To Speed Up Windows 7 [How-to]

The Microsoft has designed Windows 7 for proving better performance, fast processing than Windows xp and Windows vista. The laptops/desktops tends to slower as the time passes, its not the fault of Windows. Accumulation of junk in the system and execution of too many unneeded programs and services are the main reasons of this fault.

In earlier post i wrote about the settings for best visual effects through simple select the checkbox. But here i have been writing about the performance of windows 7 from window boot.

Essential tips for speed up Windows 7

1. Use a trusted Auto-protected Anti-Virus

Always ensure that you have a good anti-virus software to protect your laptop/computer against malware or spyware attack. Without such protection, there are chances of third party malware and virus being installed or stored on your system, causing harmful effects, decrease performance and also eating up precious hard drives space.

2. Install only Software which you need

Many of the users use some small size software for any specific reasons. If you use any trial software and unneeded then 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.

3. Disable or make unneeded services Manual

Some default processes and services, which might not really be necessary all time. They will consume RAM as well as the processor’s attention, slowing down other important tasks. So, disable all of such type unneeded process and services. For this, follow these steps:

Go to Start, type services.msc in the search box and press Enter
Now right click on a service that you want to set to manual or disable. If the service is already started, Stop it first.

After this, 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 Disable it, if not needed.
4. Disabling Unwanted Start-up programs to speed up System Start-up and Boot Time

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

Go to Start, type msconfig in the search box and press Enter.
Now select Startup tab.
Uncheck the box of all unnecessary programs to disable them.
Once you’ve disabled the processes, click Apply and OK.

5. Clean up the hard drive

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

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
First, the system will calculate how much space can be freed up this way.
In the Disk Cleanup window that appears, select the files in that need to be deleted under the Files to delete list.
Now open More options tab for deleting ‘System Restore‘ and ‘Shadow copy‘ files.
Finally click OK. You’ll be prompted again before the deletion. Click Yes.

6. 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, Follow these steps:

Press Windows + Pause/Break key.
Click on Device Manager in the left hand pane.
Now expand Disk drives.
Right-click on it and select Properties.
Click the Policies tab in and 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.

Note: However, there is one disadvantage in enabling these options – if there is a power outage or a system crash, data might be lost or corrupted.

7. Perform Disk Defragmentation

When there is no sufficient space to store in a hard drive, the windows 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, follow these easy steps:

Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
Now click on the drive that you want to defragment and then click Analyze 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.