Nothing is worse than a slow and laggy computer. There are several reasons because of which your PC might be slow and unresponsive. This may include errors with both hardware and software. Here are some tips that might help you in making your Windows 7 run fast and smooth.
1) Keep your PC clean
Like all the previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 also comes with an in-built Disk Cleanup feature. It helps in removing the unnecessary files that take up the hard-disk space and slows down your PC. To access this program, go to Computer through your Desktop or the Windows Start Menu button, right click the C: drive and select Properties.
Click Disk Cleanup button under the General tab once the dialog box is open. You’ll have to wait a bit while Windows calculates the space and data on your disk.
A list of different types of files will appear showing you the unwanted space they are taking on the hard disk. Make sure that you go through all the files in the list to see if you really want them to be permanently deleted or not. Once you’re satisfied, press the OK button to delete the files permanently.
2) Checking the hard drive for errors.
Hard drive errors can also make a PC slow and affects its performance. You’ll also see a Tools tab once you’re in the Properties dialog box for your hard drive. Look for the Check Now button there. This button will scan the C: drive for multiple errors and attempt recovery of bad sectors. The feature may not work sometimes if your hard drive is busy. You may click the “Schedule Disk Check” button in that case. The PC will be scanned for errors once restarted.
3) Defragmenting your hard drives
This problem is very common in the non-solid state drives. Often, the files present in the hard drive get scattered across different segments and it may take extra time for the computer to analyse this data. This problem can be rectified by “Defragmenting” the hard drive. This program is also found under the Tools tab in the the hard drive Properties dialog box. Clicking “Defragment now” will start the defragmentation operation. This process might be extra time consuming, but you may carry your routine work while the process is running. This must be done for all the partitions of the hard drive.
4) Turning off Windows 7 Search Indexing
Like a search engine, Windows 7 indexes everything present on the hard drive for quicker results when searching for something. If you think that your PC is too slow and index searching is of little benefit to you, you might want to turn off this feature. This might give Windows 7 a good boost in overall performance.
Under the hard drive Properties dialog, go to the General tab. Look for “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed” and untick the box. Select the “Apply changes to drive C\, subfolders and files” and click OK. This might also take some time.
5) Adjusting the power plan settings
Windows 7 has an automatic system where it optimizes the performance based on the power source of the computer. In case you use the laptop, Windows 7 will decrease the PC performance when unplugged. In case the laptop is plugged in, you might select the high-performance mode to make the PC much faster. Here’s how you can do it.
Type “Power plan” in the search box of the Window Start Menu and click “Choose a power plan”. Choose “High Performance” under the list of Preferred Plans in the Power Options.
6) Using ReadyBoost
This feature first came on Windows Vista and is one of the least known features of Window. This feature lets you use the space on your USB flash drive to store the temporary Windows files thus reducing the load on your PC. This also gives a good boost to the system. To use this feature, simply plug the USB flash drive into your PC and wait for the AutoPlay dialog box to appear. Click on “Speed up my system” and select “Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost”. Press OK once done. You can plug as many as 8 USB flash devices to use the ReadyBoost feature.
7) Simpler Theme
What’s the point of a fancy theme on your Windows 7 if it reduces the performance of your PC, right? Many Windows themes such as Aero take up lots of memory due to heavy processing. This problem can be resolved by using a simpler theme such as Windows 7 Basic or Windows Classic on your PC. To select these themes, right-click anywhere on the Desktop and click Personalize. You’ll find the list of themes there. Choose any simpler one.
8) Disabling the Windows 7 visual effects
Like heavy themes, visual effects in Windows 7 also take up lot of processing memory. Disabling the visual effects may also give a small boost to the system’s overall performance. Press Properties after right-clicking on the Computer icon. Open the System window and click the Advanced System Settings. Clicking it will open a System Properties dialog box.
Click the Advanced tab. Under the Performance tab, look for the Settings button and click it. A Performance Options window will open. Choose “Adjust for best performance” option and click OK. You can always revert back to the previous settings by selecting “Let Windows choose” in the list.
Hope these tips are useful for the Windows 7 users. There are various other ways in which you can get rid of unwanted files and processes and increase your computer’s performance. Let us know of any good tips you might know for making PC faster in the comments section below.