How to speed up your Windows 7 without compromising performance
Many of us have been using Windows for a long period of time – may be you guys have started from Windows 95 like me. From there it has been a long way till the recent Windows 7. Windows XP started the graphics revolution which continued through Vista (but compromised OS speed for its luxury graphics and huge demand for system resources) and reached up to Windows 7. When Windows Vista entered the market, the main reason many a guys switched to vista from Xp was for its killer graphics and improved features. The entry of Vista gave the hardware market a much needed push – I know we all upgraded our system just to install and experience Windows vista. But even with huge system resources supply for a PC usage – say like 2 GB RAM, 1 GHz processor, Vista remained an ass in the pain because of its speed – it really sucked. This is one key reason Microsoft came soon to market with a Windows 7 – with optimum graphics,features and better speed. I like Windows 7 for its perfect blend of everything.
Now lets take a look at – Can we make Windows 7 even faster ?
Yes its possible. Here I am listing some of the possible ways and its effect on system performance. Our objective is to improve speed of Windows 7 without hurting overall performance in terms of graphics and features.
1. Disabling Aero Theme
Do we really need an Aero theme ? Now before starting to turn your back – just give a look at how often you use your Aero theme – except for fancy and some occasion show offs to your friends ? Chances are high that you dont need an aero theme for a reasonably good graphics performance of your PC. In such a case – I recommend you disable your Aero theme which will save you a lot of hardware resources and video graphics memory.
Right click on “Desktop”>select “Personalize”>select “Window Color” tab>Untick the box that says “Enable Transparency”> then click on “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”> then Select standard Windows 7 theme.(You are free to choose your own – I just said a default one.)
Note: Disabling “Aero” alone can give a much higher speed boost to your Windows 7. If you use a modern high end laptop, you just need to do this to get a really fast performance from your operating system. Well that just doesn’t back me from listing other possible methods
2. Disable Unwanted Visual Effects
Ya we have disabled Aero but still there are many unwanted visual treats in Windows 7. See am not saying all these are unwanted – if you have enough system resources and you paid for it – you better use it. These tricks are for people with low system resource PC’s. Here’s the path:
Right click on “Computer” > Select “Properties”>Click on “Advanced System Settings” on left pane> Now “System Properties” window will open> Select “Advanced” tab > under “Performance” click “Settings”> and select “Custom”> Now uncheck all options and Select only last 4 options. And you are done
Now Log off and Log on your Windows 7 to see how it worked.
3. Disable User Account Control feature in Windows 7
This is not every ones cup of tea – but really useful for people who is the single and only user of their PC/Laptop. If you are the one and only one user of your computer – then UAC is really unwanted. Disable it.
Go to Control Panel>Open “User accounts and Family safety”>select “User Account”>click on “User account settings” link> drag the slider to “Never Notify”>click “OK” and reboot your system.
4. Setup Windows 7 “Ready Boost Service” for extra speed boost
Its just the idea of using extra memory from your USB Pen drive. You need to plugin a USB pen drive first. Then configure your Windows 7.
Open “Computer”> Right click on “Pen Drive Icon”> select “Ready boost” tab> select “Use this device” check box. Okay- thats all about it. You can configure how much space of this pen drive should be used for “Ready boost”. This method is really useful while launching bulky applications like Adobe Flash and Photoshop,