Windows 7 may have arrived many years ago, but it continues to remain the most popular Microsoft OS to date. One of the best things about it is that it usually runs pretty smoothly. However, if you feel that your computer or laptop have been running a bit slow lately, and believe Windows 7 to be the culprit, then here are a few fixes that you should try to troubleshoot the problem.
Go for Performance Troubleshooter
The first thing you should try is the built-in troubleshooter feature. It automatically detects the problems that slows down Windows 7 and fixes them. Just follow these steps.
- Go to Control Panel and enter troubleshooter in the search bar. Click Troubleshooting.
- Press Check for performance issues under System and Security.
- A new Performance window will appear. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Disable Unwanted Programs
Some programs that we don’t even need may start to run in the background right after the device boots. This can cause Windows to become slower. You can disable all those programs which are not needed by following these steps.
- Press Start button, enter msconfig in the search bar and hit Enter.
- A System Configuration window will appear. Click Startup.
- Uncheck the box next to all the unwanted programs.
- Press Apply and then OK.
Change Visual Effects Settings
Visual effects also slow down Windows 7, so it is strongly recommended that you disable all those visual effects that you can do without. Here is how you can change the settings.
- Right-click on Windows icon and click on Properties.
- Press “Advanced system settings” present on the left side.
- Go to Settings under Performance.
- A pop-up window under the name Performance Options will appear.
- Under Visual Effects, uncheck all the boxes that are not important. You may select Adjust for best performance. This will automatically disable all those tabs that are not needed.
Press Apply and then hit OK.
You may notice a change in the appearance of the screen as it will lose its attraction as a result of the changes, but still it will boost Windows 7 up to a great extent.
Remove Unwanted Files from the Hard Drive
You can try removing extra files from the hard drive on frequent basis. This will not only create extra space, but will also speed up Windows 7. Follow these steps after every few days to delete those files which are not needed anymore.
- Go to Computer and right-click on C drive.
- Go to Properties. A new window will appear, click on Disk Cleanup. Windows will calculate the space that can be created after which a new window will appear.
- Click Clean up system files and press OK.
Check Sound Settings
Windows 7 is naturally set to play a sound on different events. This can result in the OS becoming slow. If your computer or laptop becomes unresponsive or freezes too often, then you must completely disable all the sounds by following these steps.
- Go to Start Menu, type mmsys.cpl in the search bar, and hit Enter.
- A Sound window will appear. Go to Sound Scheme drop-down menu and select No Sounds. You may enable sounds you want to keep such as Windows start-up and Log off sound.
- Also uncheck the box next to Play Windows Startup sound. Click on Apply and then hit OK.
Note: Third-party programs like CCleaner can be used to boost the performance of Windows 7. You should also consider running a virus scan to remove malware from your system as it is known to be a common culprit behind Windows 7 speed problems.