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19 Unofficial Ways to Speed Up Windows 7

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Here are a few tips to increase the speed of Windows 7.

Looking to tweak Windows 7 and squeeze out a little more speed? You're in luck, as the unofficial Windows 7 Forums provides nineteen ways to make that tasty new OS run faster. The helpful list includes a few obvious tips like boosting your RAM to 3 or 4 GB, switch to solid state drives, and keep the system drivers updated.

One of the tips found on the list is to install the correct version of Windows 7. Consumers with a high-end PC with over 3 GB of RAM crammed inside should be using the 64-bit version "in most cases," as the 32-bit version won't take advantage of memory just over the 3 GB limit. There's also a thorough explanation found here that offers a more detailed reason as to why you should use the 32-bit or 64-bit version.

The list also provides other obvious ways to speed up the OS, however we've known about these since the days of Windows 95/98/98SE/XP: defrag the hard drive(s), disable those pesky, unwanted startup applications (Real Player and QuickTime as usual suspects), and disable unwanted services. You should also uninstall unnecessary software, clean up old files, and run periodic anti-spyware scans... no-brainer stuff there.

Unfortunately, this list of tips doesn't really provide anything utterly bewildering like "change this registry key" or "do this to speed up that." The list does suggest that you disable gadgets, choose a high performance plan, disable search indexing, and make use of keyboard shortcuts. The list also says that you should change Windows 7 visual effects, perhaps even disable all the effects to get the maximum boost.

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    Zoonie , January 15, 2010 10:36 PM
    Oh, you forgot to put "Most useless article of the week:" before your title.
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    sunflier , January 15, 2010 10:51 PM
    1 unofficial way to speed up Windows Vista - Strap Vista DVD to a bottle rocket.
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    spentshells , January 15, 2010 11:08 PM
    ZoonieOh, you forgot to put "Most useless article of the week:" before your title.

    excellent
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  • 42 Hide
    Zoonie , January 15, 2010 10:36 PM
    Oh, you forgot to put "Most useless article of the week:" before your title.
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    opmopadop , January 15, 2010 10:44 PM
    Erm, this one is useful for non-SSD ntfs drives if you have lots of ram free (uses a few hundred mb when copying) :
    fsutil behavior set memoryusage 2

    If your memory gets swallowed up change it back to 1
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    sunflier , January 15, 2010 10:51 PM
    1 unofficial way to speed up Windows Vista - Strap Vista DVD to a bottle rocket.
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    mavroxur , January 15, 2010 10:59 PM
    Oh wow, so, you're telling me that upgrading to SSD's, adding more RAM, and using a 64 bit OS on machines with > 3gb RAM will help?


    Thanks for the astute observations, Captain Obvious.


    This article could apply to ANY operating system...or any system PERIOD.
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    maigo , January 15, 2010 11:05 PM
    Quote:
    Do the same thing you did on Vista/XP/2000/NT/98/95/3.1/dos

    hur dur
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    spentshells , January 15, 2010 11:08 PM
    ZoonieOh, you forgot to put "Most useless article of the week:" before your title.

    excellent
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    foody , January 15, 2010 11:11 PM
    This article almost implies that doing all of these things wouldn't speed up a computer in general, just Windows 7.

    I already know that a SS drive is faster than mine.
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    nawat , January 16, 2010 12:05 AM
    Personally I don't really consider things like upgrading a way to "speed up." It's a given anyway; why in the world would you spend money if it won't speed up your PC.

    I was expecting more like tips, tweaks and stuff.
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    Zoonie , January 16, 2010 12:25 AM
    Choujij@Zoonie Ouch... A little harsh, no?


    Yeah perhaps you're right. Sorry man, I'm not a mean guy, but Kevin keeps pushing out Cpt. Obvious articles on a site I used to love for its useful information.
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    choujij , January 16, 2010 12:36 AM
    Lol True.
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    randomizer , January 16, 2010 12:42 AM
    ZoonieYeah perhaps you're right. Sorry man, I'm not a mean guy, but Kevin keeps pushing out Cpt. Obvious articles on a site I used to love for its useful information.

    I have more of an issue with the source. They detail 19 ways to perform common sense tasks. "Install more RAM"...... No, really?
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    imrul , January 16, 2010 12:47 AM
    ah general stuff... i was thinking it was some hardcore tweaks...
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    DjEaZy , January 16, 2010 3:04 AM
    ... 7tweak is a nice app... sadly, it is not free...
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    anamaniac , January 16, 2010 3:23 AM
    randomizerI have more of an issue with the source. They detail 19 ways to perform common sense tasks. "Install more RAM"...... No, really?

    Ha...

    Reformat to completely rid of OEM crapware, don't run an antivirus (but be careful of your browsing habits), and don't try to run Vista/Win7 on only 256MB of RAM, and you'll be just fine. =D
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    Atticah , January 16, 2010 4:11 AM
    windows 7 + razer megalodon = 5 mins of usuage during gaming

    damn win 7/razer drivers >:o 
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    hixbot , January 16, 2010 4:24 AM
    This is the most painfully obvious list i've ever seen. Is this list meant for people who've never used a PC before? my god.
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    boonality , January 16, 2010 7:04 AM
    Worthless on a tech forum....

    Also, what is the 3GB limit mentioned?????????? I mean i know what the x86 4GB limit is, never heard of the 3GB one.
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    jomofro39 , January 16, 2010 8:42 AM
    C'mon tom's! We expect more of you guys! We know you can do better! I guess, just in case, someone manages to find your site on their computer, and still knows nothing about their computer, this would be interesting.
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    shotgunpadre , January 16, 2010 8:53 AM
    step 1: format your disk
    step 2: install vista without any service pack

    now you have a faster pc. every time microsoft alters something about their os, they make it worse.
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