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5 Tips To Speed Up A Windows 7 Laptop

Speed-Up-Windows-7There are many ways to speed up your laptop computer, but let’s check out some of the most useful and important ways in which you can speed up your Windows 7 laptop.

Remove Spyware

Spyware and viruses are two of the biggest threats to any kind of computer as they can potentially corrupt files in a computer system which in turn makes the system unhealthy and prone to attacks by hackers. It is therefore important to save your device from these sort of risks which could also result in leakage of critical data from within your laptop computer. A useful way to do this is by using Microsoft security essentials to beef up your laptop’s security level and avoid intruders and all sort of viruses from gaining access to your system. Another useful tool is Windows malicious software removal tool which can scan your computer in order to check for the presence of any malicious items that may be present.

Free Up Disk Space

There are many clutter files which gets generated and are stored without intimation, so you need to identify those and need to clean them. Although manual deletion will not ensure that all clutter files are wiped out, with the help of some simple tools and tricks you can easily clear out clutter and all unwanted slugs from your laptop computer. A very easy example of how to free up disk space on your laptop includes the removal of temporary Internet files, deleting downloaded programs like Active X controls and Java applets, emptying the recycle bin, removing all error reports from the Windows 7 temporary log files and uninstalling programs that are not in use.

Speed Up Access To Data

With the help of disk defragmentation, you can easily improve the overall performance of your Windows 7 laptop system and manage system files that gets placed randomly on your hard disk. To do so, you need to run a tool called the disk defragmenter that easily re-arrange system files systematically  after which the file indexing automatically becomes easier and simpler. Please note that if you have less than 15% free hard disk space, the disk defragmenter will not run. Running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter on a regular basis is a proven way of keeping laptop computers running quickly and efficiently. Its recommended that you perform this operation at least once every six months.

Detect/Repair Disk Error

Due to frequent use of the hard disk, it can potentially develop the bad sectors which slow down the overall speed of your computer. To further optimize the performance of the hard disk, you will therefore have to run error checking utility scans on the hard drive to check for bad sectors, scan for file system errors and check whether certain files or folders are misplaced. If you use your computer daily, you should run this utility once a week to help prevent any data loss. Many laptop users confuse fragmentation with formatting techniques however, disk defragmenting is a very safe process and does not lead to any deletion or modification of data.

Use Ready Boost

With the adoption of ready boost you can speed up your computer and also virtually your memory size as it allows you to use non-volatile flash memory – like a USB flash drive or a memory card – to improve performance without having to add additional memory. Ready boost is certainly a very effective tool to speed up not only a laptop PC but the computer in general.

Talking Point

Is Windows 7 the fastest operating system yet?

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Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, technology blogger and Web-hosting adviser at WebHostingGeeks - a Web hosting where visitors can check out and compare some of the best web hosting companies.



  1. Asad

    March 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I use other methods but didn’t use ready boost method before.

  2. silpada

    March 8, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I think like windows XP , windows 7 have automatic freeing up the disk space and first of all it remove temporary files.

  3. Henway

    March 8, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Yep, you can do all those things… or you can just make your life simpler and buy a MacBook ^_^

    • Admin

      March 14, 2011 at 12:48 am

      Good point but unfortunately not everyone can afford a MacBook 🙂

  4. Malia

    March 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

    In my case its spyware and the extra files that make my laptop dam slow for no good reason and i think the right management of files is one of the key things to maintain the quality speed of any laptop or PC.

  5. Camilla

    March 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I also like using CCleaner for cleaning up my computer. Also its a good idea to deactivate startup programmes which you dont use. This will save you a lot of memory.

  6. Kevin

    March 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I would also add defragmentation as a way to speed up your computer. Another technique to speed up your computer is to remove the unwanted programs that start up when the computer boots up and keep using your processor in the background.

    It is also advisable to use a good computer management software such as System Mechanic that will assist you in bringing out the maximum performance of your computer.

  7. jessica

    March 12, 2011 at 5:23 am

    nice tips. I also like using CCleaner for cleaning up my computer. Also its a good idea to deactivate startup programmes which you dont use.

  8. kalane

    March 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I agree with Kevin and Jessica. Disk Cleanup (I second CCleaner too!) and Defragmentation which is often neglected is also essential for smooth performance and preventing slowdowns. In fact my personal drive maintenance routine is a weekly cleanup and defrag is handled by an excellent automatic defragmenter that runs in the background and does the job intelligently. Keeps the HDD well organized and data acces very fast.

  9. Jon

    March 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I can think of better ideas.

    Configuring startup processes and services and using a SSD Drive are two of the biggest that come to mind.

  10. Admin

    March 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Some really good points mentioned here. thanks

  11. Alex

    June 26, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Spyware/Malware just got smarter unfortunately.

    Purchase an award winning software and always update it.

  12. John Allen

    December 17, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I love Readyboost, I’ve used it on my laptop as well. Who knew that a simple usb flashdrive can be used as an extra RAM. It’s great that we have these kinds of upgrades, because upgrading a laptop’s specifications as we all know is very difficult or even impossible.

    Aside from that, a computer’s speed has a lot to do with file management. And you’re right, the disk defragmenter is just the way to do it.

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