Despite the fact that not all Windows 7 features are useful, many users continue to use it, as they are unsure about Windows 10, and Windows 8 has been a complete disappointment. Although Microsoft is desperately pushing the users of older OSs to upgrade to their latest offering, several reasons, such as privacy concerns, OneDrive regression, and complexities in configuring settings, are preventing most people from upgrading their systems. For those who want to continue using Windows 7 in the future as well, we have provided five tips to help them optimize the performance of their system. Let’s take a look.

1. Disable Unused Services and Features
Windows 7, by default, provides many services and features that you or your organization may not need. Disabling or running them only when required reduces the system load, thereby enhancing its performance. Here are some of the options you have:

Services

Purpose

IP Helper

Provides tunnel connectivity by using IP-HTTPS and IPv6 transition technologies.

Offline Files

Enables access to offline files in a shared folder on your network, without a network connection.

Parental Controls

Enables parents to block unwanted sites or set hour limit in certain programs.

Windows Media Center Receiver

Provides broadcast reception for TV and FM.

Homegroup

Allows to share files and printers with other computers running Windows 7

2. Use ReadyBoost
Windows 7 comes with a great feature or disk cache service called “ReadyBoost” that uses a flash memory of a USB device or card to improve the system performance. When you launch ReadyBoost, your computer uses the flash drive’s memory as RAM or cache that controls its speed. The flash storage device should, however, meet the following requirements to be compatible with ReadyBoost.
The flash drive should have 256 MB of minimum storage capacity, with at least 65 kilobytes (KBs) or free space
Minimum 2.5 M/sec throughput for 4-KB random reads
Minimum 1.75 MB/sec throughput for 1MB random writes
Besides, Windows 7, ReadyBoost is also available on Windows 8, 8.1, and Vista.

3. Delete Bloatware
Let’s accept, OEM bundled PCs come with countless bloatware or software applications that most users don’t use ever. These programs eat up your disk space, and if they have any background service, they also slow down the system. Moreover, there are several pre-installed applications in Lenovo, and now even in Dell and Toshiba, that make PCs vulnerable to malware attacks. Removing these unwanted applications can make your PC run fast and free up space for important programs.

4. Tune or Disable Search Index
The built-in “Search Index” feature in Windows 7 helps quickly search any type of file in the system including .java, .php, .aspx, .html, and more. This search feature has a default setting for indexing and searching file types. If you are using a system with a slow processor, less RAM, and a traditional drive, you can disable it to speed your system.
Note: Users can still search for files in their computer even after disabling the Search Index option. The only difference is, it searches files/folders without an index.

5. Defragment the Hard Drive
Despite being slower than SSDs in terms of performance, hard disk drives continue to be the first choice of most businesses and individual users, for the difference in prices.  There is, however, a simple solution to optimize the performance of an HDD. The solution is disk defragmentation – a process that arranges data bits into contiguous regions. To defragment your hard disk, select “Disk Defragmenter” from the Start menu, choose the disk you wish to defrag under the current status, and click ‘Analyze Disk.’ Once the tool analyzes the disk and shows the percentage of fragmentation on the disk, click ‘Defragment Disk’, if required.

Last Few Words
So these are some of the efficient ways to speed up Windows 7 and optimize your system’s performance. It is, however, important to remember that fiddling with critical settings or deleting critical files may make the system unstable and even inoperable. Therefore, always consult a professional IT consultant to resolve any issue. If you are looking for experts in computer repair in North Richland Hills or Fort Worth, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have been helping users for years resolve their computer-related issues in the area, and will be happy to continue the tradition with you, too. You can reach us @817-756-2241, or fill out our ‘contact form’ and we will get back to you, soon.