Soon or later you may be thinking of upgrading or changing to windows 8 from windows 7, but before you do that there various things you can do to speed up windows 7.
1 Check and remove spyware, adware, malware
There is various ways these viruses can get on to your system, by using the internet, open up a email or plugging in a removable device such as a usb drive or an external hard drive.
Using an antivirus program, updating your operating system and keep your software up to date will greatly reduce the risk
2 cleaning and checking your hard drive
The Disk Cleanup tool helps you to free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.
Use Disk Cleanup to:
- Remove temporary Internet files.
- Delete downloaded program files, such as Microsoft ActiveX controls and Java applets.
- Empty the Recycle Bin.
- Remove Windows temporary files, such as error reports.
- Delete optional Windows components that you don’t use.
- Delete installed programs that you no longer use.
- Remove unused restore points and shadow copies from System Restore.
note: Typically, temporary Internet files take the most amount of space because the browser caches each page you visit for faster access later.
You can access the Disk Cleanup utility from Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup. Or by typing “Disk Cleanup” in the Start Menu’s search box
you can check the reliability of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.
As you use your hard drive, it can develop errors in the sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard drive performance and sometimes make file saving difficult or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.
If you use your computer daily, you should run this utility once a week to help prevent data loss.
You can access the CHKDSK utility by opening “My Computer” (Start Menu >Computer) and then right click on the drive you wish to check. Select “Properties” from the dialog box, then click on “Tools” and select “Error Checking.”
If you try to check a disk that is currently in use, you will receive a message asking if you wish to schedule a scan. Accepting this option will perform the scan next time you restart your PC.
3 keeping your desktop tidy and uninstall unnecessary program.
Removing clutters from the desktop significantly reduces the amount of operating memory required to process the home screen. Put your documents into your ( my document folder). Create a shortcut folder and put all your shortcuts in there.
4 Hard drive defragmenter
Over time as you install delete, run programs and software these files and folders get fragmented. Disk Defragmenter (or Defrag) is a Windows utility that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer’s hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. Storing your files neatly together and not split up all over your machine, disk speed increases significantly.
When to run Disk Defragmenter Running Disk Defragmenter at regular intervals (weekly) is optimal, but you should also run Defrag when:
- You add a large number of files.
- Your free disk space totals 15 percent or less.
- You install new programs or a new version of the Windows operating system.
Running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter on a regular basis is a proven way to help keep your computer running quickly and efficiently. And did you know, you can schedule these tasks to run AUTOMATICALLY?
You can access the Disk Defragmenter from Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter. Or by typing “Disk Defrag” in the Start Menu’s search box.
5 Adjust visual effects for better performance
Computers all come with the manufacturer default setting. which in your case may not give you the best performance. You can customise these by going into:
(Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced System Settings). Click on the “Advanced” tab, and then select Performance Settings. This is an easy way to set your preferences for visual effects and system performance of your Windows.
There are four choices:
- Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer – the default setting.
- Adjust for best appearance – all effects will be used; requires the most amount of operating memory for this function
- Adjust for best performance – most effects will not be used; requires the least amount of operating memory for this function
- Custom – you can choose the settings you want to use or not use
A checkmark next to a visual effect indicates that the effect will be used. You should try unchecking a few settings at a time (using the custom setting), to see what changes and to decide whether or not you like the way Windows functions.
6 Do not automatically start programs
All programs use memory to start up, but you don’t want programs starting up the same time as windows. During the install of a program click or unclick the option to start this program automatic.
Preventing unnecessary programs from running at Windows startup is an awesome way to speed up windows. All programs use system resources (RAM), so any program not running will reduce memory use and may speed up your PC.
There are 4 places you can prevent programs from automatically loading. These include:
- The Startup Folder, under the Start Menu
- The System Configuration Utility (type msconfig in the search box from the start menu)
- The Task Scheduler (type task scheduler in the search box from the start menu)
- In the program itself, usually under Tools, Preferences or Options
Before you begin, read each area completely, paying close attention to all notes and warnings. Always provide yourself a way to undo an action (such as moving files instead of immediately deleting them) – that way you can undo any problems you may create while trying to optimize your computer.
7 Reinstall and upgrade
One of the best upgrade you can do is add more memory to you computer or laptop. Depending on you system hardware and software, if you got a 32 bit operating system you can put up to 4 gb of memory, a 64 bit operating system up to 8 gb of memory.
If you got the space you can add another hard drive or change the one you got to a larger one. Add a better graphic card, sound card, blue ray player, etc.
Sometime it may be best to reinstall the operating system, which involude backing up all your data, wiping the hard drive and installing the operating system again. So you starting again from new.
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