Windows 7 is already a highly responsive and fast operating system compared to its predecessors. However, sometimes your system becomes sluggish and you wonder how you can improve its performance. The reason for this sluggishness may be that you are running Windows 7 on an old or out-of-date PC or maybe there are just too many programs and applications vying for a slice of the CPU. Whatever the reason, there are a number of fixes you can try in order to rejuvenate a slow system running on Windows 7.
Remove Unused Windows Features and Programs
Whenever you buy a laptop or a PC, your system will usually have quite a few ‘try before you buy’ and trial versions of software preinstalled. Also, you might have downloaded other applications and programs from the internet. Each program installed on your PC uses system resources. Installing programs you never really use drains those resources uselessly and slows down your computer. Uninstall and remove all such software that you no longer use. You can do this by going to the control panel and then selecting ‘Programs’ followed by clicking the ‘Uninstall a Program’ option. Many of the features of Windows also take a huge bite off the system’s resources. You can turn off the features you do not use by going to the Control Panel, selecting the ‘Program’ option and then clicking the ‘Turn Windows Feature on or off’ option. Check out our instructions on how to remove “Bloatware” from your PC.
Adjust your System’s Visual Effects
A good looking Windows 7 OS is not a quick Windows 7 OS. Many of the visual effects significantly slow down the system’s performance. To improve your system’s performance, you will have to adjust the visual effects of your system. Go to the Control Panel and locate the ‘Performance’ option and click on ‘Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows’ from the ‘System’ category. The window seen here will pop up. Now click on the ‘Adjust for best performance’ option to optimize the visual effects. You can even customize the system for the visual effects you want.
Adjust Your System’s Indexing Options
Windows 7 constantly indexes locations and drives, where it thinks you look for items or files, even including all the folders in Libraries. You need to tweak your system so that Windows only indexes those areas where you actually search often. For modifying the settings, you need to go to the Control Panel. Now search for Indexing and click on the ‘Indexing Options’. Now select ‘Modify’. A dialogue box will pop up. Click on the ‘Show all locations’. Uncheck all the locations, except the areas where you search often.
Defrag Your System
Another way of enhancing the performance of Windows 7 is defragmenting your system. Defragging will help get rid of junk files and the hard disk will run more efficiently. The contents of the hard drive are reorganized physically, so they can be arranged in a logically optimized manner while saving space.
Keep these tips in mind before running off to a techie to get your PC fixed. Just implement these easy steps and juice up your system.
Disable Windows Aero
The Windows Aero demands a lot of working space from your computer, apart from a descent video card. However, older computers fare badly with Aero. Although the glass and translucent effects of Aero may look good, it drains the system of a valuable resource. To disable Aero, right click anywhere on your desktop and click ‘Personalize’.
This will open up the Personalization applet on the Control Panel. You can use this to change themes, color schemes, icons and other settings related to appearance. Scroll down till you come to the Basic and High Contrast Themes. Click on any of the available themes to apply. This will improve your system’s performance considerably.
You can further customize your PC’s Color Scheme or manually select a “Theme”. Some of the pre-configured Themes include: Windows Vista Basic (a slimmed-down version of the flashy Windows Aero Theme) and Windows Vista Classic (the most trimmed-down, most efficient and least resource-draining Theme). Select your Themes by clicking the Start Button, select Control Panel –> Appearance and Personalization –> Change the Color Scheme.