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Windows 7: Five Windows 7 Tips to increase Gaming Performance

21 Sep 2009   #1
Geralt

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 
Five Windows 7 Tips to increase Gaming Performance

So - you've installed Windows 7, and your games run great; do you want even more performance out of your games? Then read ahead.


1) Use ReadyBoost:
  • Ready Boost is a great feature of Windows 7 which can improve your systems performance. Ready Boost is a facility that can utilize your USB flash drive for providing quick access memory which the operating system can use as surplus RAM. To set up Ready Boost, follow the steps given below:
  1. Connect a USB flash drive.
  2. Open ‘My Computer’.
  3. Right-click the USB Drive.
  4. Select the ‘Ready Boost’ tab.
  5. Select the ‘Use this device’ checkbox.
  • If you have 2GB RAM or more, you probably won't benefit as much from this as users with less RAM.

2) Keep your PC updated:
3) Defrag your Hard-Drive / Keep it clean:
  • You should also do regular hard-drive defrags. Doing a regular Defrag rearranges the files on your hard drive so it is quicker to access. If you do not want to pay for a program, I recommend using Defraggler: Defraggler - Defragment your files!
  • Try and keep your hard-drive as clean as possible. Remove unneeded programs and files. A helpful, and free, cleaning program is CCleaner: CCleaner - Home
  • CCleaner will remove unneeded temporary files, fix registry issues and more.

4) Scan for viruses / malware:
  • Viruses can slow your PC down more than you think. It is a good idea to keep all your virus software updated, and do regular scans. A few good, and free, programs that I recommend are:
  1. The home of Spybot-S&D!
  2. Ad-Aware by Lavasoft - Antivirus software, free spyware removal, firewall
  3. avast! - Download antivirus software for spyware and virus protection
  4. Malwarebytes.org

5) Download and use Game Booster:



So there you are - 5 quick tips to help you get better performance out of your games on Windows 7. Do you have your own tips? Post them here.



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21 Sep 2009   #2
zaxis

Windows 7 ultimate X64
 
 

Hey I thought you were going to say do not install windows 7 Nice one.
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21 Sep 2009   #3
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Hmmm, 3rd party game booster... no thanks, I am an extreme pessimist when it comes to "To good to be True" things
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21 Sep 2009   #4
Neilsouth

Win 7 Ultimate 64 RTM
 
 

These tips are completely obvious , game booster isn't needed unless ofcause you have a messy os and don't look after it
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21 Sep 2009   #5
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Thanks for posting them for all to see.
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21 Sep 2009   #6
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

In Game Booster's Defense I downloaded it and tried it out. Before I couldn't get 100% frames in my PS2 emulator at 1024x768 res. Applying Game Booster allowed me to reach that goal. Now before someone says to just disable those services for now on I use AERO and alot of the other services that Game Booster disabled. This provides an easy one-click to game mode

Thanks Geralt for the tips
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21 Sep 2009   #7
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Neilsouth View Post
These tips are completely obvious , game booster isn't needed unless ofcause you have a messy os and don't look after it
Game Booster disables Windows services that come default with a clean install...it will boost performance

To an average joe that wants to just play games these tips are not obvious...think of the subset you are talking about before making a comment
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21 Sep 2009   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Also, about ReadyBoost, if you have more than 1 GB of system memory, you won't see any benefit to running this. Considering this post was aimed at gamers, they wouldn't be running with so little system memory anyway.

2, 3, and 4 are good tips regardless of what you do with your computer. As for an application that will boost gaming performance across the board...not gonna happen, so don't bother. Keep your system optimized, and you'll have the best gaming performance.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Game Booster disables Windows services that come default with a clean install...it will boost performance
That would be one more reason why it would never see my system. Disabling services is never a good idea. Besides, it's been proven that disabling unneccessary services doesn't actually free up resources...those resources weren't in use to begin with. That may have applied years ago on our Pentium III systems, with 256 MB of memory, but not so much anymore. Freeing up a couple of MBs (of that) of memory isn't going to provide a measurable benefit, but it most certainly could leave your system unstable.
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21 Sep 2009   #9
Geralt

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Also, about ReadyBoost, if you have more than 1 GB of system memory, you won't see any benefit to running this. Considering this post was aimed at gamers, they wouldn't be running with so little system memory anyway.
With more than 1GB of memory, there will be a difference but it would be very minimal. And not all games have high-end systems.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
That would be one more reason why it would never see my system. Disabling services is never a good idea. Besides, it's been proven that disabling unneccessary services doesn't actually.........
You'd be surprised how well it does actually work - I noticed less stutter in games, especially GTAIV. GameBooster is safe. It disables what it can, it won't disable anything which will make your system unstable - all you need to do is download the program and click "Switch to Gaming Mode", and you can switch back to normal mode whenever you wish.

I never said any of these tips would be miracles, but they all help. After doing these, I've gained about 3-8 frames in games. May not seem like much - but for those who have lower framerates it will make a difference.
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21 Sep 2009   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Geralt View Post
With more than 1GB of memory, there will be a difference but it would be very minimal. And not all games have high-end systems.
If you check out any tests and comparisons concernign ReadyBoost, you'll find that at 1 GB and above, the gain is barely measurable, if at all. Microsoft even marketed ReadyBoost initially to people with less than 1 GB of system memory.
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