How to make Windows 7 Faster?

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.
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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.
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Additional Tips:

  • 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.

How to Troubleshoot Microsoft Windows Live Mail in Windows 7

Microsoft Windows Live Mail, which is the latest email client version of Microsoft Outlook often runs into problems due to miscellaneous reasons including outdated security definitions, corrupt file(s), corrupt registry, third-party add-ins, and Windows updates among others. Freeze ups, crashing, error messages, and email deletion are among other problems that Windows Live Mail encounters, making it difficult for users to access & send/receive emails, create Calendar entries, and make online conversations etc.

Though the email client has built-in repair capabilities but they often bear no success. Don’t worry as we brought you here some detailed tricks, which can help you easily fix Windows Live Mail problems in your Windows 7 computer. It’s recommended that you perform the below mentioned steps one by one. If a method fails, then only move onto the next one.

Step 1

Update your antivirus/firewall software with the latest security definitions and alerts. Also if you are running an older version of your antivirus/firewall, uninstall it and install the latest version. This will fix freezing problems and errs in WLM.

Step 2

Click the Start button> navigate to My Computer (Computer if it’s Windows 7)> C:\> Program Files (x86)> Windows Live> Installer> wlarp.exe. Double-click the wlarp.exe file and the Windows Live screen opens up. Click the Repair button and then click Continue. Wait while the file is being repaired. When done, reboot your computer and open up Windows Live Mail. Send yourself a test email to make sure that you can send/receive emails. Any freeze-ups or problems should be fixed now.

Step 3

Disable any third-party add-ins (mainly recently installed or updated) and then check back whether WLM works or not. It should work alright then. Uninstall any troubling add-in. If you really want to keep a particular add-in, make sure that you install its latest version.

Step 4

Back up all your email data and uninstall Windows Live Mail from the Live Essentials. Click Start> type “programs and features” in Start Search bar> right-click Programs and Features> select Run as administrator. Under Programs and Features, click Uninstall a program. In the next window, look for Windows Live Essentials> select it and then click Uninstall. Follow the on-screen instructions and finish the uninstallation.

When done, reinstall Windows Live Mail from the Microsoft website. When done, open Windows Live Mail> click the File tab> click import and then import all your email data. Follow the on-screen instructions to restore all your emails and other data.
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Step 5

Disable the UAC (User Account Control) feature and WLM should work fine. If disabling UAC doesn’t work, back up your data and run a registry cleaner to clean up the empty, damaged registry keys. If the registry cleanup doesn’t do the trick, restore the registry backup and move on to the next step.

Step 6

Download the latest Windows updates. This should fix any update-related problems in WLM. If it doesn’t work, restore your computer to a previous restore point when WLM had no problems. Should you continue facing problems with WLM, get a Microsoft technical support to help you fix them.

How to Fix the “Physical Memory Dump” Error in Windows 7

Physical Memory Dump error is a type of Blue Screen of Death error which occurs when Windows detects a hardware problem or probably a software glitch. The error could also occur after you upgrade to a new Windows version or due to viruses, video drivers, and corrupt registry among other reasons. After Windows detects a physical memory dump error, it shows the infamous Blue Screen error, eventually shutting down the computer to save itself from further damage.

Step 1

Uninstall and reinstall drivers. Click the Start button> type “devmgmt” in the Start Search bar> right click devmgmt.exe and select Run as administrator. If UAC is enabled, you will be prompted to enter your admin password. Enter the password and continue. In the Device Manager window, look for video driver software, right click it and then click Uninstall. Confirm the action when prompted. Shut down your computer and restart. Windows will automatically find and install the required driver software.

Step 2

Instead of shutting down your computer after you click Uninstall, you can simply right click anywhere on the blank (white space) and click Scan for hardware changes. Windows will now automatically scan for the uninstalled drivers and reinstall them. If the problem persists, visit the video card manufacturer’s website and manually download all the drivers. Update them and get going.

Step 3

Check the power supply connection and make sure that it’s not disconnected or damaged. If the connection is fine, plug out the power cable from your computer and other devices to start a power cycle. Wait for 30-40 seconds and then plug the power cable(s) back into the computer and other devices.

Step 4

Check your RAM modules and replace any default one. Corrupt registry with damaged and empty registry keys (of uninstalled programs) creates a problem and causes this error. Back up your registry first so that you can roll back any unfavorable changes. Run a registry cleaner tool and clean up the registry errors.

Step 5

Right click Computer> select Properties> click Settings> click the Advanced tab> Change button. Click the Custom Size button, check the box beside Initial Size, and set the page file size to 0. Now click the Maximum Size box and set the file size to 0. Click Set and then reboot your computer to start running a defragment. When done, go back to Custom Size settings and change the Maximum Size for file to 1.5. Click the Set button again and reboot your computer. This should fix any problem with page formats and the physical memory dump error also.

Step 6

Scan your computer for virus, malware infections. Run a full virus scan on your computer and remove any resulting infected items. Don’t rely on a custom scan in the case of a blue screen error as it can be dangerous. It’ll take a long time but be patient and let the scan complete.
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Should you face the physical memory dump problem after applying these fixes, Call at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

What to Do When Mouse Freezes in Windows 7

A Microsoft Windows 7 user wrote in his query to the Microsoft support forum that “Life is too short to be stressed over mouse freeze problem” while asking for help. You may laugh for a moment when you read it but next time you might feel that it’s true. Mouse is an essential part of a computer without which most of the users feel handicapped while accessing/closing programs and doing other miscellaneous things. If mouse freezes, which it certainly does due to miscellaneous reasons, you may not be able to browse the Internet, email, or use your computer for anything. Corrupt registry, outdated driver software, and software/hardware are among other reasons which can cause your mouse to freeze in your Windows 7 computer. Here in this post, I’ve discussed a few workarounds (these will work for both wired/USB mouse) which you can exercise to fix the mouse freeze problem.

Check these workarounds:

Install Windows updates if there are any. Click the Start button, type ‘update’ in the Start Search bar, and click Windows Update. Search for new Windows updates, select the ones which are needed to make your mouse work and install them. It may take some time for the updates to finish downloading. Restart your computer once the downloading is finished.

Update your mouse drivers from the manufacturer’s website. Windows updates do not always have well-written driver software for third-party hardware devices. So, it’s recommended that you check for drivers of your mouse (or other hardware devices) on its manufacturer’s website. Download the desired updates and check back if your mouse starts working or not. Update your mouse’s firmware also from the manufacturer’s website.

Click Start> Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers> double-click Mouse. Click the Buttons tab and set the speed to default settings (which may be halfway). Click Pointer’s Options tab, adjust pointer speed to halfway and check the Enhance pointer precision box. Click the Wheel tab and roll the wheel 1 notch to scroll. Set the ‘Following number of lines at a time’ option to 1. You should also set the ‘Tilt the wheel to scroll the following number of characters at a time’ option to 1. Click Apply and then OK to save changes and exit the active window.

Click Start> Control Panel> double click Power Options. Click Change plan settings> Change advanced power settings> expand USB settings> and expand USB selecting suspend setting. Set both the options viz. ‘On battery’ and ‘Plugged in’ to Disabled. Click Apply and OK to save changes and exit the window. this should work for any USB mouse freeze problem.

Disable the Aero theme in your Windows 7 computer and check back if your mouse stops freezing and starts working. If the mouse starts working, repair the Aero theme using the built-in troubleshooter. If the mouse still freezes, skip to the next step.
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Run a registry cleaner software and clean up all the corrupt, empty registry keys and subkeys. Corrupt and leftover registry entries of existing programs and uninstalled programs respectively impact performance of your Windows 7 computer and the related devices viz. mouse, keyboard, router etc. Running a registry cleaner will help fix registry errors in Windows 7. Do not forget to back up your registry before you run a cleanup.

Replace the mouse and check back if the new mouse is working properly. If the new mouse is working fine, it indicates that the first mouse is probably bad and needs either a repair or a complete replacement. Should you continue to face any problem, contact Microsoft technical support and get it fixed.

Fix Error 1068 in Windows 7

While Windows 7 is still the best operating system (without touch-based interface like Windows 8) for computers, it’s not exempted from the misfortune of facing problems though. This cliché applies to all the operating systems including Macs so Windows 7 need not be an exception here. “Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start” is one of the common Windows 7 problems which can occur due to a bad Microsoft update, corrupt registry, and/or disabled Windows services viz. ICS (Internet Connection Sharing), firewall or print spooler. While there has been no apparent reason named till date by fixing which you can fix the error 1068, but you will have to try a number of solutions which get Windows 7 rid of it.
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Here in this post we can check out these solutions to help you fix error 1068 in Windows 7. You may have to try all of them one by one to see what fixes your problem.

Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up the Run utility. Type ‘services.msc’ and click OK. If the UAC (User Account Control) is enabled, Windows might prompt you to enter your admin password to access Services. Locate Network Connections, right click it and then click Properties. In the Network Connections Properties window under the General tab, click the drop-down menu besides Startup type and change it to Manual. Click Apply and then OK to save your changes.

Enable the Base Filtering Engine and set it to Automatic, everything should work great and the problem go away. You should navigate back to the Services window (check the first step), locate Base Filtering Engine, right click it and click Properties. Change the Startup type to Automatic, click Apply, and click OK to save these changes.

Virus and other malware infections often remove or disable the Base Filtering Engine service to penetrate into your computer’s security. So, if you don’t find Base Filtering Engine (BFE) in the services list, you will have to restore it immediately to make firewall program work properly and protect your computer. In this case, you should first use System Restore to restore your computer to an earlier date. This will roll back all the unwanted changes and get the BFE service back for you to enable it again.

If System Restore doesn’t restore BFE, first go to Control Panel> Services> View Local Services and check if you see it there. Also check if you see any firewall program (also Windows Firewall) in the list of services. If both BFE and firewall (Windows if you don’t have a third-party firewall) are missing, you will have to repair and restore them. Visit the Microsoft website and download the BFE repair file and Windows Firewall repair file for Windows 7. Run these files and your computer should run fine.

Run a full virus scan of your system and remove the resulting virus entries post scan. Since the error may be caused by a virus infection which was capable of bypassing the UAC, it is recommended to run a full scan of your computer.

Clear your browser cache viz. history and temp files also to get rid of the error. Whichever web browser you are using, just delete the browsing history, auto-saved files and bookmarks etc. and you be good to go. Besides, delete all the temp files in the Temp folder and Temporary Internet Files folder located in your C: drive> Documents and Settings. The location for these folders might be different so it would be better if you search these folders using Windows Search. Delete everything from these folders and the error may be fixed.

Bring up Run, type ‘msconfig’, and click OK. If prompted, enter your admin password to continue. in the System Configuration window, click the Services tab and enable these services if they are not enabled: Application Layer Gateway Service, Network Connections, Network Local Awareness, Remote Procedure Call, Network Location Awareness, Remote Access Auto Connection Manager, Telephony, and Plug and Play. Click Apply and then OK to save changes. Restart your computer to let the changes take place.

After you try all these solutions, the error 1068 should be fixed and your Windows 7 computer should work great. In case the problem persists, you can avail Windows 7 technical support and get it fixed.
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