Quick and Simple Windows 7 Tweaks
There are plenty of Windows 7 tweaks around to give you better performance when using the system. I thought I would collate some of them here into a nice, usable reference guide to save you having to trawl the ‘net looking for them.
There is no doubt that Windows 7 is much more efficient than Vista, and much prettier than XP. That comes at a price though, and that price is resources. The more Windows does, the more resources it needs to do it. XP was basic but it was very resource efficient, after SP2 anyway.
How would you like to combine the efficiency of XP with the eye candy of Vista and 7? Read on.
The first modification to make it to turn off transparency. It makes the desktop look good, but is the biggest resource hog in Windows. Right click on your desktop and click on Personalize, then click the Window Color link at the bottom and uncheck the Enable Transparency box in the next window.
While we’re paring down the visuals, go to Control Panel, System and Security, System, Advanced System Settings, Advanced tab and click the Settings button in the Performance section. Select Adjust for best performance and apply it. (Click any image for a larger view.)
The next biggest Windows 7 tweak is to pare down the Services. Windows has always erred on the side of caution and enables almost everything by default. The average user isn’t going to use most of the options available to them, but the services are going to use resources while they run. So either disabling or turning many of them to manual will save a lot of those resources.