22 Jul 2013

PC Optimization for Windows 7

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Here we'll discuss about performing a PC tune-up for Windows 7 without using any additional tools. You can follow the below steps if you are facing a slow computer issue. Please log in as Administrator to perform these steps. Have a look at the System Requirements for installing Windows 7:
  • RAM: 1GB for 32-bit and 2GB for 64-bit version
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • HDD: 16GB for 32-bit and 20GB for 64-bit version

1. Windows Updates: This is the most important one. You need to keep your Windows always up to date. Click Start > Control Panel > Windows Update and make sure that your Windows is up to date. 

2. Antivirus Program: I guess you have Antivirus program installed on your computer and you are doing regular scans with it as well. Make sure it is up to date. Please click here to read about how to choose the best antivirus software.

PC Optimization for Windows 7

3. Remove Unwanted Programs: You can free up a lot of disk space by removing unwanted programs. Click Start > Control Panel > Programs & Features and remove any programs that you do not use. Remove all the trial softwares and expired antivirus programs. 

4. Clear Temp: You can free more disk space by clearing the temporary files. Type %temp% in the Run Command window and clear the temp files. If there is more than one user account on your computer, you should clear the temp from all user accounts. Navigate to My Computer > C > Windows > Temp and clear the Windows temporary files also.

5. Disable Startup Applications: You can speed up your computer's start up by disabling unwanted start up programs and background services. Type msconfig in the Run Command window and open the System Configuration Utility. Click on the Startup tab and disable all programs except your Antivirus. Click Apply.

6. Disable Visual Effects: Type sysdm.cpl in the Run Command window and click on the Advanced tab. Navigate to Performance > Settings > Visual Effects. Select ''adjust for best performance'' and click Apply. Make sure to put a check mark next to the last two options before clicking Apply.

7. Disable Screensaver: Turn off the Screensaver if you have set one. Click Start > Control Panel > Personalization > Screen Saver. Select None and click Apply.

8. Disable Thumbnail View: Displaying thumbnail view of pictures and videos in folders can take up a good amount of RAM. Here is the tip to disable the thumbnail view: Open My Computer and navigate to Organize > Folder & Search Options. Under the View tab select ''Always show icons, and never thumbnails'' and click Apply.

9. Virtual Memory: Let Windows manage the virtual memory. Type sysdm.cpl in the Run Command window and click on the Advanced tab. Navigate to Performance > Settings > Advanced > Change. Select ''system managed'' and click Apply. 

10. Disk Cleanup & Defragmentation: Navigate to My Computer and right click on the C: Drive > Properties > Disk Cleanup. Select all the options and click Ok. Click on the "More Options" tab and clear the system restore points. You can also try the Disk Defrag. Open My Computer > Right click on the C: Drive > Properties > Tools and click Defragment now.

Notes:

To get the Run Command Window, press the Windows key + R.
You must restart your computer for the changes to take effect :)

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