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Speed Up Windows 7 - Tips for a Slow Windows 7 PC

The following tasks are going to be the highest impact tasks that you can try to Speed Up Windows 7. Hopefully your Windows 7 PC will be brought back up to a normal speed after finishing these steps. Also, there are many more computer tips in our guides and tips section that can help to further speed up a Windows 7 if Windows 7 is running slow.

1) Defragment

The next tip to fix a slow Windows 7 is Defragmenting. This will help your hard drive run much more efficiently. If you haven't defragmented in awhile, we would recommend running the windows defrag multiple times. To Defragment your hard drive, open up "My Computer", Right Click on C:, Click properties, Click the "Tools" Tab, Click "Defragment Now", Click Defragment, click OK. Read More About Defragmenting

2) Disable the Aero Theme on Windows 7

  • Right Click on your Desktop and select "Personalize". Click the Window Color Tab.
  • Uncheck the Box that says "Enable Transparency" and then click on "Open classic appearance properties for more color options".
  • Next, a window will open up. Apply either the Standard or Basic theme from it. We would recommend the Standard Windows 7 theme.
The Aero user interface definately makes Windows 7 look better. However, it can really slow Windows 7 down. The Aero user interface really taxes your graphics card and your CPU. If you need the extra speed boost, then it is not a bad idea to disable it.

3) Free Up Disk Space

If your computer is low on disk space, freeing up disk space can help speed up your Windows 7 PC. Freeing up disk space will also help out with step 2, defragging. Read More About Freeing Up Disk Space

4) Disable Windows Indexing Service

The Windows Indexing Service is always running in the backround on your PC and can slow Windows 7 down a bit. Disabling this can give a small speed boost. Read More About Disabling Windows Indexing Service

5) Disable Visual Effects in Windows 7

The Windows 7 visual effects are definately flashy and add to the experience. However, if you need the speed boost, disabling some unneeded visual effects can be helpful.

  • First, right click on "Computer" and then select "Properties".
  • Click on "Advanced System Settings".
  • A new pane will open. Select the "Advanced" tab on it. Next, Under "Performance", click on "Settings". Choose "Custom:" Options from it.
  • Next, uncheck all of the options and select only the last four options.
  • Save the preferences and then restart your computer. You can turn these effects back on if you do not like Windows 7 with them turned off.

6) Enable Windows 7 ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost is a Windows 7 feature that uses a compatible USB flash device to enhance performance. ReadyBoost caches disk reads on the fly and can often speed up data access. Reads from a USB drive or other ReadyBoost device are much faster than random reads from a the hard drive. So, you if have an extra USB flash stick sitting around, you can use it to boost Windows 7 performance. Read More About ReadyBoost

7) Windows 7 Starts Up Slow? Optimize Windows Startup Programs

When Windows 7 starts up it automatically loads a number of programs, many of which you may not need all the time and can be started when needed. One thing that will help computer speed will be cutting down on the number of programs that startup automatically. Read More About Optimizing Windows Startup Programs

8) Disable Unnecessary Services

Services are programs that are continuously running in the background of Windows and are doing different tasks that Windows needs done. There are a lot of these services and they can use a lot of resources. The good news is that a lot of these services are expendable and can be turned off without any problems. This is an ADVANCED TASK. Read More About Disabling Unnecessary Services

9) Upgrading Memory

If your Windows 7 computer is still slow, then you may have to upgrade or buy a new computer. A memory upgrade is the only upgrade we recommend for the novice to intermediate computer user. It is inexpensive and can make a HUGE difference if your computer is low on memory. Read More About Upgrading Memory

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