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Windows 7: Freeware programs that increase performance?


05 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Starter
 
 
Freeware programs that increase performance?

Mz CPU Accelerator - Puts priority of the Cpu to the program on the foreground
Speedfan - Can adjust your fan speed to lower the temperature of your processor so it doesn't reach the maximum temperature as quickly, which can put your processor at maximum capacity for longer.

These are a couple that are free.
Does anyone know of any that are free and can increase performance for Windows 7?

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05 Jul 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Windows 7 is pretty well optimized for performance to begin with. I'm sure there are a few programs out there that might help, but I've found that unless you're looking for specific improvements, it's best just to leave things as they are. It's not like the old days where Windows 98 was horrible at managing resources.

Anyway, your best bet for improving performance in the long run is by doing the following:

A) Use a program such as CCleaner to clean out temporary files and other information that isn't necessary.

B) Install Windows on a separate hard drive and/or partition so that your computer can access files easier. If using one hard drive with separate partitions, it's best to have the Windows partition in the front of the hard drive's space. The best solution that I know of is to buy a smaller (40-80 GB) solid state drive and use that as a system drive (Windows, Programs) and install everything else (Games, Media, Storage) on conventional drives.

C) Run a disk defragmenter regularly. I run mine once a week because I tend to fragment files often. You should also run any other system maintenance programs you have.

D) Keep your anti-virus and anti-malware/spyware programs up to date. The most common setup is the following: Anti-Virus, Firewall, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Malware. It's best to use individual products in most cases, as the "suites" aren't quite as powerful as the best of the individual products. Personally, I use MSE, Comodo, SaS and Malwarebytes because they're all free. Make sure to run these programs regularly as well.

E) Uninstall any large programs that you don't use often. Also, remove as many items from system startup as you can. This will cut down on the programs running all of the time and will therefore leave more resources for the active program(s).

F) Along the same lines as the last point, remove/turn off any Windows Features and programs that you don't need. Most of them won't bring too much of an improvement, but collectively they'll help a bit. You can access the Windows Features menu by going to the Programs & Features portion of Control Panel and clicking on Turn Windows Features On or Off.

If you're looking to improve performance on a large scale, your best bet is to upgrade your hardware. In that case, there are many threads in this forum that can point you towards budget hardware that works very well.
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05 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

I have Windows 7 Starter on an HP Mini 110, that has a 1.66 Ghz processor, and upgraded RAM for 2GB. So it's not very fast. So that's why I am trying to find some programs or things that can speed it up. I have researched windows programs that can be disable without any problems and have done so. Thanks though.
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05 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

With out a doubt the best speed increase you will ever get is with the purchase of a SSD Drive.
Apart from that sound advice except it is not recommended to run a disk defrag on A SSD drive.


Steve
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05 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scokeev9 View Post
I have Windows 7 Starter on an HP Mini 110, that has a 1.66 Ghz processor, and upgraded RAM for 2GB. So it's not very fast. So that's why I am trying to find some programs or things that can speed it up. I have researched windows programs that can be disable without any problems and have done so. Thanks though.
You are not going to find a thing that can speed up Windows 7 that is software. You need hardware to increase performance. Intel Atom processor is pushed to it limits already you are not going to go any faster. No matter what suppose performance increasing software you install.

I haven't used Start Edition but I assume it has no Aero? If so that is a real drag as having Aero would in fact help remove work from the taxed CPU.
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05 Jul 2010   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

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05 Jul 2010   #7

XP 64
 
 

Windows 7 is faster than XP on a fast new system, but on a limited system I would think XP would work more quickly. Of your 2 GB of RAM, you are pretty well using up 1 GB just to have Windows 7 sitting there.

Windows 7 can do the job—sure, it must be on a few million systems of 2 GB or less—but it is disadvantaged if you're wanting its best performance. How much do you want the latest system, versus how much do you want the fastest you can get? If you are looking for speed, I'd consider going back to XP and making it lean and mean from there.
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05 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scokeev9 View Post
I have Windows 7 Starter on an HP Mini 110, that has a 1.66 Ghz processor, and upgraded RAM for 2GB. So it's not very fast. So that's why I am trying to find some programs or things that can speed it up. I have researched windows programs that can be disable without any problems and have done so. Thanks though.
You are not going to find a thing that can speed up Windows 7 that is software. You need hardware to increase performance. Intel Atom processor is pushed to it limits already you are not going to go any faster. No matter what suppose performance increasing software you install.

I haven't used Start Edition but I assume it has no Aero? If so that is a real drag as having Aero would in fact help remove work from the taxed CPU.
Starter Edition doesn't have Aero, which sucks. But Aero wouldn't even work right with the little amount of Video RAM that comes with 90% of netbooks these days.
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06 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scokeev9 View Post
Starter Edition doesn't have Aero, which sucks. But Aero wouldn't even work right with the little amount of Video RAM that comes with 90% of netbooks these days.
Works perfectly fine on my little Dell Mini.
Helps a great deal having Aero on it.

Mine: Dell Inspiron Mini 10v (Intel Atom Z270 1.6 GHz; 1GB; Windows 7 Ultimate)

I have not tweaked it or anything, base default.
But you will never get any amount of speed on these netbook.
The Intel Atom processors are slow plain and simple.
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06 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

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I am using a Pro Edition in my home & Free Edition in the office of that and it was a great help in maintaining my PC's performance, the only big difference is the Automated care & Turbo Boost
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