Want to give Windows 7 Ultimate an extra boost? itching to make your Windows 7 Home Premium faster perform much faster? Dying to improve te performance of Windows 7 Professional.
Let's face it, making Windows 7 faster sounds as realistic as "making your neighbour run faster". It really depends who you are talking about, if your neighbour can run 100m in 10s, there's really not much that you can do. True you can ask him to run naked with his shoes on but that will be it, the discomfort won't be worth the sacrifices.
Likewise, many of the tweaks on the web are simply a matter of disabling features available in Windows 7 that make Windows 7 what it is. For example, adjusting visual effect settings for best performance will turn off all the eye candy that comes with Windows 7.
Rather, why not adopt a more holistic & systematic approach. This guide will be useful for those looking to make Windows 7 faster from day one or even months after their first use.
The best way to make sure that Windows 7 runs fast is to buy a great system in the first place for your budget and depending on your requirements.
As mentioned in previous articles, there's no one size fit them all when it comes to computers. For example, if you're planning to play a lot of graphics intensive games, it might be useful to invest in a decent graphics card. More on this here.
The next step is to disable the Aero Theme and reverting to the classic Windows theme, switching off unwanted services, Windows 7 Gadgets, the User Account Control, the search indexing feature and other Windows 7 features.
You might not want to adopt all these steps at the same time so better proceed with care. Ultimately, these are also part of Windows 7 and removing them would hamper your Windows 7 experience.
Want to go further? Then you can divide your hard disk into three separate partitions. One for applications, one for data and the third for your computer's virtual memory. The latter can roughly be equivalent to twice your system's installed memory. So for a 4GB desktop, its size should be 8GB.
To learn more about creating partitions, go here. Note that tinkering with partitions can lead to data loss, so do backup your valuables before proceeding. Assigning different partitions for your data and your applications will make it less of a hassle if there's a need in the future to refresh your system.
Many new computers will come will a number of applications pre-loaded. This will include a number of trial applications as well as software you will hardly ever use. We recommend that you refresh your computer (see previous paragraph) and do a clean Windows 7 install.
Just uninstalling applications could leave behind some unwanted files that may cause issues with your computer. Likewise, you could tinker with your computer's startup menu to find out whether there's any applications preloading that is consuming too much resources.
After using your Windows 7 system for some times, you will find out that your computer may become slow. We therefore recommend that once every month, you "tidy up" your computer by using three applications.
CCleaner which removes unwanted files and frees hard disk space, Spyware Search And Destroy, to kill potential malware and Windows own hard disk defragmenter which will make sure that your computer is in tip top shape by rearranging files on your computer's hard drive.
Those are the five most effective ways of making Windows 7 faster. Anything extra is likely to cost money and or produce marginal results.
If we missed anything out, don't hesitate to let us know. One thing to be noted though, many a time, the applications themselves, not the operating system is to be blamed; we experienced this with Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.