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Simple Tips to Speed up Windows 7 and Windows Vista

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So you want to make your sluggish and slow computer just a little bit more speedy? Well I'm going to provide you with a few very simple steps that you can follow to make your computer run faster. I'm currently studying to be a software engineer and these are tips I've given to friends and family whenever their computers are feeling a little under the weather. Don't worry that these instructions might be too technical for you; if you found this site you can follow these steps!
 
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Step 1: Tip #1: Start by defragmenting the hard disks

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First, let's defragment your hard disks because they get messy and this slows them down. Defragmenting is pretty much just organizing the files on your computer so it can find them faster. Start by opening the start menu.

Mouse over the pictures throughout this instructable for additional details!

Step 2: Tip #1: Start by defragmenting the hard disks (cont.)

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There may be only one selection available, otherwise select your 'C:' drive as it is your main disk.

Step 3: Tip #2: Removing Unnecessary Programs

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For the next tip you will need to re-open the start menu as you did for tip #1, but this time we will be selecting the 'Control Panel' sub-menu.


Step 4: Tip #2: Removing Unnecessary Programs (cont.)

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You now have the Control Panel open; the control center of your computer. Let's see if we can't find a few programs you don't use anymore and get rid of them.

Step 5: Tip #2: Removing Unnecessary Programs (cont.)

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Now you have in front of you a list of all of the programs installed on your computer. It is up to you to know what a program does and if it can be removed. A rule of thumb is if you do not recognize the program best leave it. There is no speed to be gained from ruining your computer.

Step 6: Tip #3: Remove Unnecessary Desktop Gadgets

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Having fewer desktop gadgets puts less strain on the system so it can function quicker.

Step 7: Tip #4: Turn off the Aesthetics

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Hey they're just for looks anyways. You're want speed after all!

Step 8: Tip #4: Turn off the Aesthetics (cont.)

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Turning off all of the cool glossy boarders and whoosh animations will help your computer run much faster because it doesn't have to focus on looking good and can concentrate on raw power and speed.

Step 9: Tip #5: Turn off Start-up Programs

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For the last and final tip we have the most complex of those I've shared so far. We are going to stop some programs from starting up when your computer does. This will give you noticeably improved startup times from the time you push your power button to the time you are able to being using your computer!


Step 10: Tip #5: Turn off Start-up Programs (cont.)

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Next you need to start up the configuration tool. See the Run dialog box this will help you start up the tool.

Step 11: Tip #5: Turn off Start-up Programs (cont.)

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Now after selecting the 'Startup' tab you will see a list of all of the tools and programs that startup when you turn your computer on. To stop one from starting simply uncheck the checkbox next to the program. However, you should be careful again when selecting items you do not recognize. I sometimes find it helpful to take the startup item name and search it on Google.com to see what it is and if I need it. There are sites out there such as processlibrary.com that will tell you if you need a program for your computer to function normally.

Once you are finished unselecting all unnecessary programs, select 'Ok,' and it will prompt you to restart your computer; select 'Yes/Ok'.

You're done! Enjoy a faster more powerful computer!

crayzclown14 years ago
Another good tip is to disable your background and have a simpler theme.
lemonie5 years ago
If you believe there's value in defragmenting your disks you should do it ''after'' you've removed unnecessary software.

L

hsimo24 (author)  lemonie5 years ago
True
lemonie hsimo245 years ago
Some people say that since storage is cheap (generally) there's little value in removing unused data and defragmenting. After all it's in freeing-up space that fragmentation occurs.
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Getting rid of the aesthetics is a definite good move though.

L
I just do it so I can watch the colored blocks move around, so soothing
i know exactly what you mean, but unfortunately i have Win 7 and it doesnt have the the little bars, so all i can do is wait, un-entertained
I do to, get http://www.mydefrag.com/

Kuhl! Danke!

Ooh, too much time on your hands...

L
thats a very valid point