Windows 7 is a well conceived OS and many observers believe that Microsoft did a fine job in ironing out the bugs that were in earlier Windows versions. Ultimately, it pays to take a close look at your settings and configurations to see where improvements could be made. A lot of things, from unnecessary features to a virus, could be interfering with your computer’s performance. You’ll find that implementing the following measures will make Windows 7 run more efficiently.
One really great way to make sure that Windows 7 operates at its best, is to set it to the High Performance setting. Windows 7 doesn’t come set at this setting by default, it needs to be switched to it manually if you want to improve your computer’s performance. To accomplish this, you’ll want to go to the control panel and click the “power options” choice and then tell it to “show additional plans.” There you’ll see the option to activate high performance mode. After you do this you might want to run your performance troubleshooter for this and it will automatically search out problem areas in your computer and then fix them for you. Open up your control panel and then type “troubleshooting” into the search box there. You will see a listing for “system and security” in which you’ll be given the option to check your performance issues.
Sometimes Windows 7 can’t run as well as you’d like it to because the computer you have doesn’t meet the hardware requirements dictated by the operating system. This may be the case if you have an older computer and upgraded to Windows 7 from a previous operating system. If your computer came with Windows 7 pre-installed, this shouldn’t apply to you. Your computer must have at least 1 GB of memory, a processor that’s a minimum of 1GHZ and at least 16 GB of available disk space. Even if you don’t have enough memory to run Windows 7, you can raise the performance of your system by installing more memory. This means that even though it can run on just a GB of memory, when you upgrade to 2GB of memory, you’ll help it run a heck of a lot faster.
Another area to look at are services that your computer will turn on automatically that you’re actually not using. For example, if you have a printer, there are certain features that should never be running unless you are printing a page or document. However, if you are using a printer everyday, you should not worry about disabling these features.
The Windows 7 sidebar can also cause some delays, something you may want to disable as well. It is important to keep the UAC (user account control) feature running because disabling it can lead to other problems. You could also get a warning from the UAC if you happen to get a virus, which can help you out in the long run, especially if it can possibly disable your computer.
You can speed your Windows 7 OS up dramatically by following these suggestions. The system is actually very fast so to speak and by doing just a couple things, it will run even faster. Remove any type of program that you don’t use on a regular basis. You can actually make your computer run much more quickly and efficiently by following the tips we have presented.