How to make Windows 7 faster? Here are the 22 easy and free steps to make Windows 7 faster on your old laptop or PC. If Windows 7 is slow while playing the game, some of the below methods will be useful. I combined these methods from my experience and the experiments which worked in improving Windows 7 performance. These following steps can be done by any home/business Windows 7 user without other third party or paid software and extra technical knowledge.
The network is a major factor of deciding the performance of a computer. Slowness in networking directly affect the speed of Windows 7. Especially nowadays, we use the Internet and cloud application lot in our day to day life. Therefore I have added some tweaks to improve Windows 7 network performance also.
20+ Free Steps to Make Windows 7 Faster on old PC or Laptop in 2019
1) Make Windows 7 Startup faster by removing unwanted programs and services from startup.
To do this type ‘ msconfig‘ in Run or Search box, go to Startup tab and uncheck programs and services not required during startup. The programs and services listed here start with Windows 7 every time, so by removing them we can reduce Windows 7 startup time. This will boot up your Windows 7 laptop or desktop quicker. Do not remove any necessary and Microsoft Windows related startup programs/services.
2) Disable Aero Experience
If you are not a fancy appearance lover but looking for the better performance then disable aero experience in Windows 7. This method defiantly affects the performance of Windows 7. You can gain some physical memory and display card workload for programs by disabling Aero. It can boost the gaming experience on your old laptop or PC.
Right Click on Desktop, go to Personalize then select any of ‘Basic and High Contrast Themes’.
3) Increase Virtual Memory ( Paging File)
Windows 7 consumes more memory than Windows XP but lesser than Windows Vista. If you are a heavy computer user who opens more programs and screens at the same time, then you can increase Virtual Memory of Windows 7. Virtual memory works with physical memory (RAM). Hard disk space will be used as the virtual memory to keep temporary information which very rarely uses by programs and OS. By increasing Virtual memory in Windows 7 computer make sure programs and OS work smoothly.
Right Click on My Computer, select Properties. Go to Advanced tab and click on setting button under ‘Performance’.
Here you can see the current virtual memory size. Virtual memory called ‘paging file’ also.
In next screen under “custom size” enter the size you want to allocate for virtual memory (paging file). It depends on your hard disk size and physical memory. Make sure it’s not less than the system recommended size. Normally recommended paging file is 1.5 of physical RAM (1.5 x RAM size). In this example, the recommended size of virtual memory is 4605MB because my Windows 7 RAM is 3GB. So, enter 4605MB in Initial size and Maximum Size fields.
Press the Set button, you may need to restart the computer.
4) Disable Visual Effects
Again if you are not an appearance lover of Windows 7 then disable visual effects. It will reduce the load on RAM and VGA.
In the same settings tab under performance (mentioned in step 3), go to Visual effects and set for Adjust best performance. It will bring all visual effects to a very standard level, but for better performance.
5) Windows 7 Disk Clean up
Remove unwanted and temporary files on your Windows 7 disks. It reduces access time on the system and your files to make Windows 7 faster.
Right click on each disk, go to properties and press Disk Cleanup button. In the next screen, you can select file types to delete and start clean up.
6) Defragment disks
Defragmentation helps to improve access time for each file by managing free space and arranging file locations on disks. It’s recommended to run defragmentation tool very frequently especially when you have a lot of data. In our case, it is better to run the disk defragment after deleting unwanted files by disk cleanup in the previous step.
Go to Properties of each disk, select defragmentation under tools and start. Defragmentation takes time depends on the size of the partition and data.
7) Run Error-Checking on disks
This is another method to improve the performance of disk. It will check and correct any system files or physical disk errors on Windows 7 computer.
Select Error-check under tools in each disk with both options selected. If the particular partition is a system, boot or having the paging file, then error-checking will start in next system reboot.
8) Disable Side Bar (Gadgets)
If you don’t use sidebar and gadgets in Windows 7 then remove them. This helps to gain some resources on RAM, Network, and Processor. Read more about Windows 7 sidebar gadgets and how to remove them.
9) Disable Windows Defender
When you use third-party protection software such as Norton, AVG, MacAfee…etc, then disable the built-in Windows Defender. It does almost the same job. So it’s not required to run two similar programs in the same time which gives unwanted system load for Windows 7.
You can disable Windows defender in control panel.
10) Disable UAC
UAC (User Access Control) is a window pop-up for administration tasks and requires action.UAC in Windows 7 does not irritate you like Windows Vista, but still, you can work faster if you disable UAC.
11) Make Window 7 shutdown faster
You can make windows 7 shutdown faster by editing one registry key. Read more here about editing registry key and make windows 7 shutdown faster.
Setting it to a lower 4 digit value, (say 5000) will make your PC shutdown faster, but you could end up losing data.
12) Disable Autotuning in Windows 7 Network
This method helps a lot in a Windows 7 network. If you face slowness in the Windows 7 network then you must do this.
13) Remove RDC to improve Windows 7 Network
Remove RDC additional network feature to improve data transfer speed over Windows 7 network. Read more here
14) Remove IPv6
Remove the IPv6 protocol from Windows 7 network adapter settings if it’s not required. If you are not using IPv6 on internal or external networks then remove IPv6 to improve Windows 7 network performance.
15) Compatibility of drivers and programs
Prior to installing any drives or programs make sure it’s compatible with Windows 7. It should be officially supported for Windows 7. Installing non-compatible drivers and programs on Windows 7 may cause the system performance issue and crash your system.
16) Disable Indexing (Windows Search) in Windows 7.
Indexing in Windows 7 made for improving the speed of Windows search. When you search a file or folder on windows search, if it’s already indexed by indexing service then results will appear immediately from the indexed cache.
When you use third-party indexing search programs such as Ava Finder or Google Desktop then disable the Windows 7 indexing service. This method can eliminate the two programs to do the same duplicate task of indexing your whole data that slows down disk performance.
You can find out indexing options in Control Panel -> Indexing Options -> Modify button.
Also, windows search service can be disabled in Computer Services. Go to Computer Management, Services and look for ‘Windows Search’. Set Disable to startup type and Click Apply.
17) Sync Centre Synchronization
If any network shares are set to sync with your Windows 7 and while it’s happening in the background, that will impact the system negatively. During this time the network and disk activity will be very high. Two options are available to avoid this issue.
a) Remove the sync partnership.
b) Let synchronization complete fully without any errors.
Sync Center is located in Control panel.
18) Remove Unwanted Programs
Some time we install programs for testing purpose or for one-time use only. You can uninstall these type of old and unwanted programs from Windows 7 computer. Even though you are not using these programs but some of the services and system files of these programs load in Windows 7 all the time. By completely uninstalling these unwanted programs from your computer help to improve system performance. Programs can be uninstalled from control panel.
19) Speed up Menu Show delay time in Windows 7
Editing a registry key speeds up menu show time in Windows 7. I suggest trying manual registry editing (2nd) method available here. So next time menus will appear more quickly than earlier and improve Windows 7 performance.
20) Change the power plan to maximum performance.
This method mostly suitable for laptops. If you don’t run on battery most of the time then change the power plan to maximum performance. This can be done on the desktop computers also. To do it, go to control panel, power options and select ‘ High Performance ‘ plan and press OK.
21) Virus check with Microsoft Security Essential
Make sure your Windows 7 computer is virus free. Viruses/malware/spyware make any computers slow by giving additional work to processors, memory, and disks. You ca a run virus check and clean viruses by free antivirus software ‘Microsoft Security Essential’ from Microsoft. Download Microsoft Security Essential here and run a scan.
22) Malicious software check and Removal
Check your Windows 7 computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and remove the infection if it is found.
Download the free latest malicious removal software for Windows 7 from Microsoft and scan now. By removing malicious software you can improve windows 7 speed.
The above 22 free and easy tips make Windows 7 faster on any old laptop or desktop PCs. As mentioned, few steps help to reduce the workload on RAM and display card to play computer games better. I combined the above steps which really worked in my experience and experiments.
Let me know if you find any different and better ways to improve Windows 7. Share your comments and ideas here. Have a nice Windows 7 tweaking.