Windows 7 though is an advancement of Windows Vista, but is far faster than Vista. Windows 7 has been designed for speed and best performance. It is light in weight on the memory and gives the best of throughput when installed on a decent hardware, but most of us have installed it on the same old computer and have only fulfilled the minimum requirements for this new baby of Windows. Windows 7 even works pretty fast with minimum hardware support but we can tweak it to perform much better. Startup and background processes which runs in the background and slow down the entire system. We can burn these process or features OFF and make Windows 7 work fast, but yes this will compromise some visual effects or some core features of Windows 7. Given below are some ways to get more out of this operating system.
The first thing we can do to improve the speed is by turning OFF the search indexing feature of Windows 7. The search indexing feature of Windows 7 keeps on indexing the files and folders in real-time and make the computer slow. Most of us do not require fast searching and this feature thus can be disabled. To disable this feature, open the Run box and type “Services.msc”. Once the window appears double click on “Windows Search” and then click on disable. Along with the Windows Search service we can also disable many unwanted or third-party services which we seldom need. Services like Print Spooler are only used when we print something then why let it stay ON all the times. It is good that we do not disable these services but set the start-up type to Manual. This way it will only start when we need it else it will stay inactive.
Secondly we can disable the Aero theme of Windows 7. Aero them though is most amazing graphical way of switching and peeping into different windows but when it comes to work it’s actually of no use. We can turn this feature of by applying the basic or standard theme. Aero theme for displaying the graphical views requires a lot of resources and turning this feature OFF will highly improve the system performance. Along with the disabling of aero them we can also turn OFF the screen saver and remove any desktop wallpaper. Screen saver and the beautiful wallpaper of your desktop also require memory so why not turn them off if all we want is performance.
Further we can disable the UAC in Windows 7. UAC always comes on the screen and asks for elevation when we try making some crucial changes or when we try using some system files or folders. This easily consumes several seconds of time on each appearance. We can turn UAC OFF and save these seconds. UAC can be disabled by opening control panel and going to User Accounts and Family Safety. In this window click on the “User Account” link, and then click on “User Account Control Settings”. Over her move the slider to Never Notify and that it. You would need to restart the computer for this change to take effect.
If you feel that increasing RAM on your computer will speed your computer then without even buying the new modules you can increase the amount of RAM. This can be done by putting in a fast flash drive and using it as RAM. This feature is called ReadyBoost and it uses the memory on the Flash drive as a part of RAM. This can be done by plugging in the Flash Drive and selecting ReadyBoost from the Auto-play menu of the drive.
Disabling the Sidebar or the gadgets of the sidebar will also increase the performance. Gadgets are nothing but small applications which continuously reside in the memory and also use the network for giving you some real-time information. Turning them OFF will certainly make some improvement in the performance. You can also change the power plan of the computer and set it to Maximum Performance. By default it set to give you optimum/balance performance and changing it to Maximum performance will lead to good results.
Lastly we can disable unwanted startup items so that they do not slow down the startup process of your computer. Startup items doesn’t only slow down the startup but also slow down the working of the computer by staying resident in memory. It can be said that speed of the computer relies on the processor but it greatly depends upon the amount of RAM we have. Since RAM is something physical and increasing it regularly is not feasible so why not manage it smartly and keep it as free as possible.