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Windows 7: performance increase

21 Aug 2010   #1
jhd17

windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
performance increase

just a little thread wondering what it is people do to maintain the performance of there pc.


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21 Aug 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Good question and simple answer:
Suggestions for Proper Maintenance
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21 Aug 2010   #3
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Some of these things can be done daily/weekly/monthly...

Run malwarebytes and virus scanner (I usually scan for viruses at 2:00 a.m.)

Make sure your windows Update is running

View Event Viewer for errors

Remove any software you have evaluated and decided you don't want to keep

Some people optimize and compact the registry. This makes me VERY nervous and consequently I don't.

Crap Cleaner - Clean temp files

Back up registry and data. Image drive.

Run: SFC /scannow (from a command prompt) - and let it check/repair/verify your system files

defrag
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21 Aug 2010   #4
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
 
 

Avast on guard, CCleaner daily, windows autodefrag weekly and jkdefrag monthly.
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21 Aug 2010   #5
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OldMX View Post
Avast on guard, CCleaner daily, windows autodefrag weekly and jkdefrag monthly.
Which pretty much defeats whatever one or the other has done, as no two defrag utilities function the same. Pick one or the other, but not both.
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21 Aug 2010   #6
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Some of these things can be done daily/weekly/monthly...

Run malwarebytes and virus scanner (I usually scan for viruses at 2:00 a.m.)

Make sure your windows Update is running

View Event Viewer for errors

Remove any software you have evaluated and decided you don't want to keep

Some people optimize and compact the registry. This makes me VERY nervous and consequently I don't.

Crap Cleaner - Clean temp files

Back up registry and data. Image drive.

Run: SFC /scannow (from a command prompt) - and let it check/repair/verify your system files

defrag
+1 Excellent list!

I would add - Check your BIOS settings occasionally. Errors can happen, and things can change out of the blue. And of course, some malware messes with it...
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21 Aug 2010   #7
Pusspa

 
 

lol windows 7 just works... why waste time messing with it. i do use mse for protection and let windows update notify me when updates are available, but the the days of trying to optimize have passed, unless your computer isn't up to spec i guess?
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22 Aug 2010   #8
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
lol windows 7 just works... why waste time messing with it. i do use mse for protection and let windows update notify me when updates are available, but the the days of trying to optimize have passed, unless your computer isn't up to spec i guess?
Optimizing isn't really necessary, sure, but you still need to do a little housekeeping now and then.
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22 Aug 2010   #9
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Optimizing isn't really necessary, sure, but you still need to do a little housekeeping now and then.
I personally DO NOT BELIEVE that principle. For people with 4 gigs of RAM like yourself, common degradations in performance isn't that noticeable, but use a PC with 1 GB RAM, like mine or below and you do feel the machine gets slower by the time.

Partially mentioned, above, be careful with Registry cleaners and optimizers. Use Erunt to backup your whole registry and make a system restore point BEFORE using the registry cleaner.

I use registry cleaners but I'm very careful whilst using them.

And hey, it would be very wise to dust the inside of the CPU every few months. Dust is a killer!!!
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22 Aug 2010   #10
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
lol windows 7 just works... why waste time messing with it. i do use mse for protection and let windows update notify me when updates are available, but the the days of trying to optimize have passed, unless your computer isn't up to spec i guess?

I might add that using Ccleaner every few weeks helps, also remove any unnecessary start-up programs.
i only use a disk de-frag program after major software changes.

Ken
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