Windows 7 is a really good operating system with regards to speed, efficiency, and the overall ease of use. But some of the times it doesn’t move along fast enough, if you get my drift. You commonly see threads on forums detailing the problems users face, one of them being the lack of performance speed. So what are some of the things which make a system running Windows 7 slow? More importantly, how to get around the issue and make the machine perform optimally?
Here are two of the most common causes for slow performance issues on this OS. Chances are they’re already building up in your PC.
More often than not, you have useless programs running in the background when the computer is on. This doesn’t pose much of a problem if there’s enough RAM and other resources to go around, but when there isn’t, you notice a definite lag. The OS responds more slowly, and some of your mouse clicks might even fail to do what you intended. Many background programs start when Windows starts running, and keep pulling resources while not in use.
You need to remove these from the Windows Startup selection. Go to the Start menu and choose Run. When the dialog comes up, type in msconfig and hit Enter. This brings up the diagnostics window, where you need to move to the Startup tab. There, find and uncheck any programs which you don’t want starting at the time of booting into Windows. Hit Apply and then OK to exit.
This is the place in Windows where every installed program has its keys stored, which contain data about the version, manufacturer, license, etc. Sometimes you have keys left behind even after a program has been removed from the system. An excess of such instances can make Windows 7 slow down noticeably. If you’re getting some of that, it might be a good idea to clean out the redundant and useless entries in the registry.
There’s no built in registry repair tool for Windows 7, but there are free applications you can download and install. The most popular of these by far are CCleaner, RegCure and Wise Cleaner. Make sure to select the option to backup the registry keys, so you can revert in case one of the heavier programs stops working after the cleanup.