Optimize Windows 7 for better performance

Disable Search Indexing

In order to speed up the search process, the Search indexing service scans through the files and folders on the Windows system and records information about them in an index file. But it also consumes some resources from the system, so if you are performing searches once in a blue moon then it would be better to keep this feature disabled. Here are the steps to disable search indexing in Windows 7.

Clean up your hard disk

Unnecessary files on your hard disk take up disk space and can slow down your computer. CCleaner removes temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need.

Defragment your hard disk

Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Auslogics Disk Defrag is a vital maintenance tool that will improve your PC’s performance by defragmenting and re-arranging files on your disk.

See this post for more.

Detect and repair disk errors

You should always check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.

As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.

Switch Off Unwanted Windows Features

Windows Features offers a great way to enable/disable specific Windows features. You can load it by clicking Control Panel > Programs > Windows Features on or off. Here identify which features you don’t need and disable them to avoid the resources usage. Just like I don’t play much of the default windows games, so I have kept them disabled.

Disable Unwanted Start-up programs to speed up System Start-up

Some programs are set to start during system start-up. These might slow down the start-up process. Programs that are not really needed during start-up can be disabled. For this, do the following:

  1. Click Start. In the search box type msconfig and press Enter.
  2. In the System Configuration window (refer figure), go to Startup.
  3. Uncheck the box next to those processes that are not important for start-up. This will disable them.
  4. Once you’ve disabled the processes, click Apply and OK.

Avoid high CPU usage from svchost.exe

You can run resource monitor and see which process is lagging you system.

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