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Windows 7: PC World Recommendations

19 Oct 2009   #1
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 
PC World Recommendations

This article by David Miller, PC World, appears on Google News. It is about improving the performance of Windows 7.

Optimize Your Windows 7 PC - PC World

I wonder if those of you who have used Windows 7 for a long time think the things Miller suggests will make any noticeable improvement in an already snappy system?

Thank you.


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19 Oct 2009   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

Most of those tips and tricks will work with previous Windows versions as well.

While they do have a noticeable impact, this is simply an article by a lazy writer
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19 Oct 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

This should be able to help improve your computer's performance more.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
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19 Oct 2009   #4
jsquareg

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
This should be able to help improve your computer's performance more.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
Thank you, Brink.

Everything helps. I really wonder why I am interested though.Win 7 is like a whole new world of performance after XP which I thought was pretty darned fast .
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19 Oct 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

You're welcome.
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19 Oct 2009   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The PC World article is what I would call a "conservative view". Most of those are known tweaks. I don't know whether I would play around with the MenuShowDelay. What amazes me is that he left out the deletion of the hibernation file.
But all of those tweaks yield relatively little at the end. If you want to make a quantum jump in performance, you'll have to go with an SSD. Then your pages will show up faster than you can lift the finger from the mouse.
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19 Oct 2009   #7
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

It will be nice eventually when good size versions of those get really affordable.
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19 Oct 2009   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
It will be nice eventually when good size versions of those get really affordable.

Well, $250 for 80GBs may not be cheap. But I think it is worth every penny. There is nothing you can do to your system for the same money that would yield a similar performance improvement. And for desktops, 80GBs are sufficient to house the OS. The user data can go on a HDD. For laptops that is a different story.
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19 Oct 2009   #9
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jsquareg View Post
This article by David Miller, PC World, appears on Google News. It is about improving the performance of Windows 7.

Optimize Your Windows 7 PC - PC World

I wonder if those of you who have used Windows 7 for a long time think the things Miller suggests will make any noticeable improvement in an already snappy system?

Thank you.
Such articles are a good example of why it ought to require a license to practise "PC Journalism". Virtually every one of his recommendations is either misguided or downright dumb.
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19 Oct 2009   #10
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

As anyone actually done extensive testing and verifying that disabling Windows built-in services actually improves performance? And I do not mean just a placebo effect, but cold hard numbers. Those who think it helps performance have no understanding on the Memory Manger or any of the Resource Managers nor the priority systems. And I can assure you, other then boot times, it will have no effect on performance.
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