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10 Ways to Speed Up Windows 7 Startup – Simple Tips to Boost Your PC’s Performance

The low speed of Windows is one of the problems that most users face, and they are always looking for a way to increase the speed and improve the performance of their system. You might also experience a situation you need to do quick and urgent work on your PC, but the low speed of Windows 7 has created many problems for you. Indeed, this situation can be extremely annoying.

In this article, we introduce 9 methods and solutions about how to speed up Windows 7 startup. These methods will help you increase the speed of Windows and your system. So, you will see a great improvement in your PC’s performance.

What are the Problems with Hardware Upgrades?

If you want to upgrade your Software to speed up your PC, we have to tell you that this method will cost you money. Also, even if you upgrade your hardware, there is still a chance that it does not work, and you still suffer from the low-speed PC. Here is a helpful way. You can optimize your Windows 7 to increase its speed.

What is PC Optimization?

It is a specific process to create changes and effective reforms in your system. This action helps your device to present maximum performance and works efficiently.

Why do we need to optimize our PC?

Here there are a few reasons that show you why you need to optimize your PC.

  • If you optimize your PC repeatedly, you will lower the risk of abrupt system crashes or getting infected with threats.
  • If you keep your PC optimized, it will always work at the best performance for you. Make sure to remove unwanted and temporary files from your PC.
  • Computers also need arranged maintenance for software and hardware.
  • You can work with your PC at a high performance if your PC is optimized very well.

9 Ways to Speed Up Windows 7

1. Change the Settings of Visual Effects

If you want a faster system, disabling some/all of the visual effects can boost your PC performance. To do so, work as below:

  • Press the Windows + Pause/Break keyboard shortcut.
  • In the opened window, choose the Advanced system settings from the left side menu.
  • Go to the Advanced tab. Then, click on the Settings button which is under the Performance Section.
  • Now, the Performance Options window will pop up. Then, go to the Visual Effects tab and disable those options that you do not need. Or instead, you can checkmark the Adjust for best performance. (This option disables all options)
  • After you are done, choose Apply and hit the OK button.

These steps make your screen less attractive, but your PC performance will definitely improve.

Speed Up Windows 7 Startup

2. Change the Settings of Sound Effects

Another beneficial way is to use minimal sound effects. To do so, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Start (The icon is like a window), then type mmsys.cpl in the search bar, and then hit the Enter key.
  • The Sound window will pop up. Then, go to the Sounds tab.
  • Choose No Sounds from the drop-down menu under the Sound Scheme option.
  • Also, you can set some necessary sounds. To do so, choose the specific event under the Program Events. Then, from the drop-down menu, choose the sound.
  • You can also turn off the Play Windows Startup sound option.
  • After you have done it, choose Apply and hit the OK button.
Speed Up Windows 7 Startup

3. Only Install Necessary Software

Try to install the necessary apps and software. When you installed a trial application and did not find it helpful, immediately uninstall it. Because these junk apps and software occupy a huge space of your RAM, hard disk, and processor cycles.

If you want to uninstall any apps and software but you cannot get rid of them, you might need to format your hard drive.

Note: Formatting your hard drive might clear out all the data, so it is better to take a backup before formatting the hard drive.

4. Install a Trustful Antivirus Software

Make sure to install a trustful antivirus on your PC. Antiviruses can save your PC from third-party malware and virus. So, they will not get a chance to get stored in your system and make harmful effects on your system. Besides Malware and virus harm, they occupy the free space of your system.

5. Disable Unwanted Programs to run in Startup

To speed up your PC, you need to stop unwanted programs to run in the startup. These programs are not really needed, and they only slow down the speed of your PC startup.

To disable programs from running in the startup, follow these steps:

  • Go to Start (The icon is like a window), then Type msconfig in the Windows search box, then hit the Enter key.
  • The System Configuration window pop up. Then go to the Startup tab.
  • In this step, you need to remove the checkmark of those programs that you do not want to run in the startup.
  • After you have done it, choose Apply and hit the OK button.
 Disable Unwanted Programs to run in Startup

6. Disable Unnecessary Services Manual

By default, some services and processes start automatically when your system starts up. These programs and services might not be necessary, so you need to disable them to boost your PC speed. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Go to Start (The icon is like a window), then type services.msc, and then hit the Enter key.
  • Choose Services & Applications.
  • Then, go to Services.
  • Now, the Services window pops up.
  • Here you need to right-click on any program or service that you want to disable or set it to manual.

Note: You need to stop any services if they are already started.

The difference between disabling or setting it to the manual is that you set it to manual when you would like to use that service later, and you choose to disable it when you do not need that service later.

 Disable Unnecessary Services Manual

7. Clean up your Hard Drive

To speed up your device, you need to delete unnecessary and unwanted files such as downloaded program files, temp files, recycle bin files, etcetera. To do so, work as below:

  • Click on Start.
  • Go to All Programs.
  • Choose Accessories.
  • Go to the System Tools section.

Now, your system computes how much space can be freed up.

  • When the Disk cleanup window popup, under the Files, choose the files that you want to remove.
  • To delete Shadow copy and System Restore files, choose Clean up system files. Then, click on the More Options tab.
  • Then, hit the OK button. It will ask you before deleting the files, so here you need to click on Yes.
Clean up your Hard Drive

8. Execute Disk Defragmentation

When your hard drive does not have enough space to store different information on it, the operating system divides your files into pieces and stores them in the different part of the hard drive.

Defragmentation let all the pieces of the file to store in the continuous memory location.

To do so, follow the steps below:

  • Click on Start.
  • Go to All Programs.
  • Choose Accessories.
  • Go to the System Tools section.
  • Then, select Disk Defragmenter.
  • Then, the Disk Defragmenter window will pop up. Select the drive that you desire to defragment.
  • Then, choose Analyze disk.
  • Now, click on Defragment disk.
  • When you are done, click on View Report or click on Close.
Execute Disk Defragmentation

9. Enable Write Caching

This option let the operating system flush the changed data on the hard disk while the system is idle. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Hold the Windows + Pause / Break shortcut key.
  • A window will pop up.
  • Select the Device Manager from the left side menu.
  • Expand the Disk drives option.
  • You will see the hard drive from the drop-down menu. So, right-click on it, then choose Properties.
  • Now, the Device Properties window will pop up.
  • Then, go to the Policies tab.
  • Checkmark the Enable write caching on the device option.
  • Also, checkmark the Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device option.
  • Now, hit the OK button.
Enable Write Caching

The Bottom Line

In this article, we talked about different methods to speed up Windows 7. These small things help you make big changes to your system speed. Have you ever tried any of the suggested methods? Which one was more helpful? Do you know more tips and methods to speed up Windows 7?

Kimia Sh

Kimia is an accomplished author and technology enthusiast with a keen interest in writing about Windows tips and tricks. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Kimia always had a fascination for technology and its ever-evolving capabilities. After completing her studies in Computer Science, Kimia started working in the software development industry, where she gained extensive experience and technical expertise. Her passion for writing about technology led her to create a blog focused on providing Windows users with useful tips and tricks. Kimia's blog quickly gained popularity, and she became known for her ability to communicate technical concepts in an accessible and easy-to-understand manner. Her articles are praised for their clarity and practicality, and she has developed a loyal following of readers who look to her for advice on getting the most out of their Windows systems. In addition to writing about technology, Kimia is also an accomplished software developer and has contributed to the development of numerous applications and software programs. Her technical expertise gives her a unique perspective on the challenges faced by Windows users, and she is always seeking out new ways to make their lives easier and more efficient. When she's not working on her blog or developing software, Kimia enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an avid traveler and loves to explore new cultures and cuisines. Overall, Kimia is a talented author and technology expert who is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. Her dedication to providing practical, useful advice to Windows users has made her a respected figure in the industry, and she continues to inspire and educate others through her work on her blog and beyond.

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