Speed up Windows 7, 10 and 8.1 with 10 hidden options
Windows Vista, since the time of its release, has had bad reviews in the press and blogs due to its heaviness compared to Windows XP and because, at first glance, it didn’t seem to add anything relevant.
Over time, especially after Service Pack 1, Windows Vista reached a dignified stability and improved its processes, becoming a reliable system and laying the foundations for Windows 7 and 8.
Windows 7 has taken the best things out of Vista by putting them on XP and including some useful new features.
For this article Windows 7 was used, but the instructions also apply to Windows 8 and Windows 10.
In Windows 7 there are a lot of hidden options more than Windows XP that is worth investigating to make the computer perform better and faster.
So today I make you work a bit on the computer with another page of 10 + 1 tips to speed up the Windows 7 operating system and for Windows 10 and 8.1, which can be followed even by the less experienced, without needing to install external programs but simply “hacking” into the hidden options that you never cease to discover.
1) Deactivate the automatic defrag
Having a well defragmented disk improves performance, but the defragmentation process is one of the longest, most tedious and slow.
On Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 is set the automatic and periodic defragmentation of the disk that goes to slow down the computer maybe in less opportune moments.
It is therefore advisable to deactivate the disk defragmentation schedule, going to the defragmentation utility (to search on the start menu), click on Configure Planning and remove the selection where it says “Run a schedule ….”.
But I want to say that defragmentation is still important and to do at least once a month so better not forget it and, better yet, use a better program to defragment the disks.
2) Optimize SATA hard drives
Most PCs with Windows 7 and Vista are mounted with SATA hard drives installed.
You can improve the performance of your hard disk so as to speed up disk loads.
Then go to Device Manager (click Start, right-click on computer, select Properties and choose Device Manager from the left panel) Expand disk drives, right-click on ATA or SATA hard disk, choose Properties and switch to criteria sheet.
The write cache should already be activated.
You can also enable the “Disable buffer cache write off …” option to increase hard disk performance but only in two cases: on laptop PCs with batteries and on fixed PCs that use a UPS that prevents them switching off in case the light goes out.
This is because it is possible to lose data during writing if there is a power failure.
3) Activate reliability monitoring
You often write programs to monitor the system and control performance when Vista, Windows 8 and Windows 7 have all the necessary tools, only that they are a bit hidden.
Reliability Monitoring shows a graph useful for checking the stability of the system over time and being able to see how each action has consequences on the computer.
To start this monitoring, open the Control Panel and choose System Performance -> Advanced Tools -> Open Performance Monitor.
4) Check the Event Viewer
The Event Viewer allows you to identify errors and delays in the system.
Of how to read the event log I spoke in another article.
5) Identify problems with a global computer health report
In the Control Panel, choose System Performance -> Advanced Tools and click on Generate a System Integrity Report.
6) Delete the programs from the automatic start
In this case, to make turning on the PC faster and also to avoid unnecessary processes running on the computer, it is advisable to use an external program such as Autoruns or Glary Utilities or Tuneup or other programs to optimize the Windows PC.
7) Disable printer sharing if you do not use the same printer on the network.
Windows Explorer can slow down while searching for shared printers.
If it’s not something you need, it’s better to regain speed by disabling printer sharing.
Choose Control Panel> Network and Sharing Center> Advanced Sharing Settings and turn off file and printer sharing.
8) Clear the Start menu or Start menu
If, when you press the Windows button at the bottom left, you notice too many objects and want to optimize this program start menu, you can hide some elements.
Go to the Control Panel, choose Customization and click on Taskbar and Start menu on the left.
On the Start Menu tab, click on Customize and choose the items to display by deactivating, for example, Favorites if you are not using Internet Explorer, recent items, help, home group and so on.
9) Indexing options
Hard disk indexing is a controversial topic: there are those who prefer to deactivate it to gain memory and system resources, instead there are those who want it active to find files faster.
It is up to each person’s habits to decide whether to disable this file indexing or not, depending on how much the search is used.
To disable indexing of a disk, open the computer resources, right-click on the hard disk icon and deselect the indexing option on the General tab.
You can also turn off indexing altogether: go to Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Services, search for Windows Search, double-click and set as startup type, disabled.
If you keep the service active as I should perhaps recommend, go to the indexing options by searching for them from the Start menu search box.
You can modify the paths and folders to be included in the hard disk index, limiting them to the most important and most used.
Pressing on Advanced you can also exclude some types of files from indexing to gain speed.
For example, remove executable .exe files and they are unlikely to be searched.
10) Turn off user account control
Let us return to this subject again, which had raised some protest last time.
This time we say this: If you are an experienced person, this UAC only slows down the operations.
Less experienced or safe users would do well to keep this security check, knowing however that any prohibition depends on it.
To disable UAC, open the Control Panel, choose ‘User Account and change the user account control settings to a minimum.
For more information, refer to the post on how to limit or disable UAC in Vista and Windows 7.
11) Remote differential compression
This service is useful if you move many files through a computer network, otherwise it is useless.
Open the Control Panel> Programs and Features> Enable or disable Windows features, uncheck the box next to ‘remote differential compression’ and give the ok.
How to speed up Windows 10?
All computers have a tendency to slow down over time and are certainly no exception on Windows PCs, which gradually, but inexorably, end up becoming slower and slower, with longer waiting times even for doing simple operations like surfing the internet. We have listed the main reasons for slowing down computers in another article, specifying how and why both old and new PCs can suffer from it.
Keeping your Windows 10 PC fast is not so easy, in addition to the various types of programs that work in the background, there are unnecessary Windows 10 processes that take up memory or slow down CPU performance, compromising performance. In this article, let’s see how to speed up Windows 10 by disabling some features and doing maintenance that can free the computer from ballast and protect it from problems. Some of these solutions to make Windows 10 faster than normal are also applicable to Windows 7, while others concern the configuration of new options only present in the most recent Microsoft operating system.