Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Step by Step How to Optimize Performance in Windows 7

The new flagship operating system Microsoft has incorporated many specific optimizations, but to be based on Windows Vista, the possibility of a more personalized optimization becomes obvious. In some cases, improvements may be significant, while others may be almost imperceptible. This simply raises the difference between "performance" and "efficiency". We all want our computers to work as quickly as possible, but there are many cases where the fact that optimize the way Windows works under certain conditions, it is equally important. With a few adjustments and a few minutes of time, you may get a little more of both, and make a good Windows 7, something even better.

The default setting delivers a functional Windows 7, but could be improved with some adjustments

The first stop takes us to what is probably one of the best options in Windows 7, and is what allows you to disable system functions. In previous versions of Windows, we were obliged to use tools made by others to discourage and even remove some Windows applications. Although these programs meet their goal, their implementation is very inefficient, and to the case of any technical problem, the solution turns out to be, in most cases, the complete reinstallation of the operating system. In Windows 7, things are a little different. Part of the controversy revolved around the inability to remove Internet Explorer 8 operating system. Microsoft's browser uses several files considered "system" and its full erase could make a Windows installation into a useless pile of gigabytes without redress. However, by resorting to the section to disable functions, you can dispense with Internet Explorer 8, and other things like Media Player and Windows Media Center. In the list there are several things that can be turned off, starting with the Tablet PC components (unless you own one), the platform Gadgets (remain the same as in Vista) and service index. Would probably calm the Windows Search, and everything. NET-based. Experiment with the assurance that before any adverse change, you can undo the next reboot.

You can disable all functions that do not use, including Internet Explorer

Virtual Memory in Windows 7 may seem a most sensitive issue in earlier versions, but the truth is that not so well. I've seen on the network several statements in which he recommended letting the virtual memory under the control of the operating system, since it has a much more effective management some years ago. However, I take the audacity to disagree with that view, because although Windows may have improved their algorithm virtual memory allocation, which has not changed is the fact that dynamically still varies a great archive at the risk of fragmentation, and the last thing you need any Windows virtual memory is fragmented. For this reason, personally I still allocate virtual memory manually, with the same value at the minimum and maximum sizes, preventing spoilage. Windows 7 recommends 1.5 times the physical memory installed, but in some cases even a 1 to 1 configuration can be overstated. It is safest to start with a value of 1 to 1, then downsize and use the computer a few days and if no problems in sight, further reduce virtual memory until some detail appears. If you have more than 6 GB of RAM, you might even consider disabling virtual memory, beyond anything that Microsoft thinks of it. Another important detail: Set the virtual memory on the hard drive faster, and where possible, on another disk than the system.

Virtual memory should be static to avoid fragmentation and loss of performance

The Windows registry is the place where almost all the secrets stored on the operating system, and this has not changed in Windows 7. Since the number of times per second that the flashing cursor to the way it manages the physical memory, you may find a registry string referring to a value that can be set from the graphical environment. Not get bored of saying it, so I will mention it again: The Registry must have respect. Do not tremble at his presence, but not treat it as Notepad. The way you edit the Windows registry has not changed, so you can take a look at our article if you have any questions. What can change in Windows 7? Well, something that is personally active in SeparateProcess value HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced, changing its setting from 0 to 1. This value has many years on Windows platforms, and some even question their performance, but I used it a long time, and honestly I can not remember the last time I suffered a crash in Windows Explorer. Another edition of the registry that can be done involves adding some new keys, but its usefulness is worth the effort. Windows Updates If you have ever restarted your computer without your consent, then you need this. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \, and once there create a key called "WindowsUpdate" (without the quotes). Log in to that key, and create another with the name "AU". Enter this key, and adds a 32-bit DWORD value named "NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers. Finally, assign a setting of 1. This will prevent Windows Update restart your computer when he pleases.

The record still has a role in the Windows installations

This adjustment can be useful for those who suffered at the hands of sudden restart Windows Update

The next step brings us once more to the Windows services. In Windows XP there were many. In Windows Vista multiplied. And without some added services for drivers and programs in Windows 7 Ultimate can count about 130 services, of which one third are usually activated. Unfortunately, Windows provides documentation about your services is inadequate, and when in doubt about a service, one of the best bets is still a Google search. However, the first stop for those who need to know more about a specific service should be a special section dedicated to services of Windows 7 which is available on the page BlackViper. Probably the biggest concern when disabling a service is to know which agency affected. Dependencies are other services they need at a given active service to function. For example, the Security Center service depends on the service Remote Procedure Call. In fact, a lot of services depends on Remote Procedure Call, which obviously means that if you turn off this critical service, send to your Windows installation nonstop to the orbit of Saturn. Advanced optimization services in Windows 7 requires broad knowledge of the hardware installed on your computer, of the critical needs that the computer must be filled, and above all things, a substantial amount of time. Determine what services can be turned off and which should remain running is somewhat cumbersome, but the more streamlined is the list of services will be more satisfying for the user. Do some examples to clear? SSDP Discovery, Spooler (if you have no printer) Windows Search (if the index does not interest you), Windows Defender (if you have another security solution), and even if you use a DHCP client for manual IP number to connect to your network.

You can disable several services of a default setting in Windows 7

An important function that we face in terms of performance under Windows 7 is nothing less than Aero. To function, the Aero desktop requires a specific hardware, which should not appear on desktop reverts to basic mode without transparencies and Windows 7. Many think that when you have Aero enabled, it takes full effect, but this is not true. You can keep the main Aero transparency, and remove some effects to make your system performance, such as fainting, displacement and animations within windows. You can even disable some special features like the Aero Snap, which resizes the windows are thrown sideways and into the top of the screen. The strangest part is that this option is located within the mouse settings, located in the Ease of Access section. There you must place a checkmark in the box that prevents the reorganization of the windows when placed at the edges of the screen. That's all.

Aero can be disabled completely, or receive some adjustments

The effects can be changed from the system properties, as in Vista

Another aspect that may affect the performance of Windows 7 is the power management. At this point we have to give to Windows Vista that opened up a whole new range of possibilities when customizing power management on our computers. For Windows 7 we can find the same variables, but we can not say that necessarily, the default is best. If the idea is to extract maximum performance from your computer, the "Balanced" is inadequate. Change it to "Maximum Performance" to push a little more to your computer. In laptops, the story is completely different, and just need to give priority to maximum performance when the system is connected to the mains. If energy plans that come by default in Windows 7 seem insufficient, you can create your taking the existing base.

The energy savings can make your system run slower

Finally, we make a stop on what is considered the biggest bottleneck in current computers: The hard drive. Solid state drives units are advancing faster and more accessible, but still the hard drive who prevails in most computers. Windows 7 has an internal option to disable the write cache purging, resulting in superior performance. However, before a sudden power failure, there is an increased risk of data loss. Personally, I have used this option for a long time, even for Windows Vista, and I have not had any problem so far. Well worth stealing a little more performance to our records, since our data anyway they are always running a risk (the computers are not infallible, and the hardware can be broken sooner or later). If you want to try this option should go to the properties of the disk in Device Manager. Click on the Policy tab, and make sure that both the option of higher performance as the two boxes at the bottom are checked. Restart the computer to apply changes.

Hard drives can get an extra bit of performance with these options

It's not what you would call a glamorous job, and we have published pictures prove it. Inserted between the gears of Windows 7 takes time, demands patience, and requires care, but if you do things right, the result is always the same: a better system than before. Alongside these optimzed and tricks, do not forget to carry out a good defrag, and keep updated the system drivers, two very important pillars to make your computer run at its maximum possible with Windows 7.