Windows 7 has a remarkable presence on millions of computers because of its advanced features, usefulness, compatibility with third-party programs, speed, performance, functionality, and other miscellaneous outstanding advancements. Despite that it’s an advanced operating system with lots of features, it may run in trouble following the continuous use of computer, accumulation of junk on the hard disk, run of heavy applications, download of virus or other malicious infections which eat up a lot of RAM, disk errors, corrupt Windows Registry, and other miscellaneous reasons. We have compiled a list of tried and tested workarounds which will help you make your Windows 7 run faster.
Step 1: Run Built-in Performance Troubleshooter:
- Click ‘Start’> type ‘troubleshooter’ (without quotes) in the Search box> click Troubleshooter from search results to open it
- Under the ‘System and Security’ tab, click ‘Troubleshooting’> click ‘Check for performance issues’
- The troubleshooter will now automatically scan and fix performance issues.
Step 2: Clear up Startup Programs:
- Click ‘Start’> type ‘msconfig’ in Search bar> click ‘System Configuration’
- On System Configuration window, click the ‘boot’ tab> ‘Advanced’
- Under the ‘Number of processes’> select number of processes (keep 2 or 4) from the list> click ‘OK’. This will speed up the boot time and make Windows 7 run faster.
Step 3: Change Thumbnail Preview:
- Click ‘Start’> type ‘regedit’ in the Search box> click ‘rededit.exe’ or Windows Registry whichever you see in search results
- § Go to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’> ‘Control Panel’> ‘Mouse’> double-click ‘MouseHoverTime’ on the right-hand side window.
- § Reduce the value to something low such as 100. The value is further reducible.
- Click ‘OK’ to exit the window. Exit Windows Registry.
Step 4: Add More RAM:
We aren’t suggesting you to purchase more hardware pieces, which may perk up your PC’s performance. However, if you are running heavy applications, which consume a lot of memory resources for your office work or projects, then you should attach more RAM to your computer. Low memory is one among the common reasons that causes your PC to slow down. You can also use Windows ReadyBoost, which helps you safely and reliably optimally use the existing space and avoid slowdown.
Step 5: Repair Disk Errors:
Repair disk errors at least once in a week. These errors are created on the PC’s hard disk due to an unexpected program crash or power outage, resulting in slow performance. Windows 7 has several inbuilt tools which can detect and remove these errors and make the PC maintain its optimum performance. Check the steps given below:
- Click ‘Start’> ‘Computer’> right click the hard disk/drive (C:\ or D:\) you may want to check and then click ‘Properties’.
- Click ‘Tools’> ‘Check now’ in the ‘Error-checking’ section
- Click ‘Automatically fix file system errors’ before clicking the ‘Check now’ option. This will now auto-scan and repair the problems. But if you don’t select this option, it will simply display the problems but not repair them.
- If you want a complete disk checkup, select ‘Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors’. This will scan and fix all the errors including those on the hard disk. Remember, this may take good amount of time.
- If you want to check and fix both physical errors and files errors, then choose both the options viz. ‘Automatically fix file system errors’ and ‘Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors’. When done, click Start to restart your computer
- If you choose ‘Automatically fix file system errors’, you will be asked to re-schedule your next disk checkup whenever the PC is restarted
Step 6: Run Disk Cleanup Utility:
- Click ‘Start’> ‘All Programs’
- Click ‘Accessories’> ‘System Tools’> ‘Disk Cleanup’. This will automatically scan and clean the disc
- If a box like ‘Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection’ comes up, select the disk you like to cleanup and click ‘OK’.
- Select the files that you may like to remove, click ‘OK’, and then click ‘Delete Files’. This will remove all the unnecessary files that choked your PC.
- If you want to clean up files from other/all users, then choose ‘More Options’
Step 7: Run Registry Repair Tool:
If Windows Registry contains corrupt registry entries, run a registry repair/cleaner tool. You can download a free or paid registry cleaner tool viz. Registry Clean Expert, Auslogic registry cleaner, TweakNow Registry Cleaner, and GlaryUtilities registry cleaner among others.
Step 8: Manually Edit Registry Entries:
It is never recommended to modify the registry entries manually if you are not an expert or professional technician. Tweaking the registry entries may result in partial or full system crash.
Step 9: Perk Up Shutdown Time:
- Click ‘Start’> type ‘regedit’ in the Search bar> click ‘regedit.exe’ or ‘Windows Registry’
- Click ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’> ‘SYSTEM’> ‘CurrentControlSet’> ‘Control’
- On the left-hand side where it shows the default value 12000, reduce the value to something lower such as 2000 or something else. Click OK to exit the window. Exit Windows Registry.
Step 10: Run Automatic Windows Update:
- Click ‘Start’> ‘All Programs’> ‘Windows Update’
- Click ‘Change settings’ in the left-hand side pane
- Click ‘Install Updates automatically (recommended)’ under the ‘Important Updates’ section
- Check the box beside ‘Give me updates the same way I receive important updates’ below the ‘Recommended updates’ section. Click ‘OK’ to exit the window.
Step 11: Keep your PC Virus-free:
It is inevitable to avoid spyware, virus, worm, or Trojan among other malicious infections while browsing the Internet, checking social networking updates, chatting with friends on MSN Messenger or Yahoo! Messenger, or downloading your favorite music or video content from miscellaneous websites. These infections can wrack havoc on your computer by slowing it down, causing a system crash, or stealing confidential information without your consent and knowledge. It is always recommended that you install a robust security software protection like anti-virus or anti-spyware etc. on your PC. Besides, update your security program regularly in order to avoid security loopholes that may occur without latest updates. These updates are latest virus, security definitions that help protect your PC from ever-growing malicious infections.
- To perform the disk checkup utility, you must be logged into your PC as an administrator. If you don’t log on as admin., you will be able to make change to your user account only but not others.
- You can also download a free disk cleanup tool such as Wise Disk Cleaner from http://www.wisecleaner.com/download.html. Copy and paste the link in your web browser to download it.
- You can run Disk Defragmenter utility and optimize your Internet Explorer and clear the temp files and history.
- You can disable visual effects if you want to enhance performance of your PC rather than the good-looking interface.
- If you are unable to figure out whether a software or hardware is causing the slowdown problem, try these simple steps. Reboot your PC in the ‘Safe Mode’ option. Windows, in ‘Safe Mode’, starts without settings or drivers that slow your PC. Therefore, if your PC performs sluggish in ‘Safe Mode’, then there is a hardware problem. If it does not, it’s a software issue.
Should you face any problems while performing these steps or you don’t see any effect in speed post applying them, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.