Windows 7 slow isn’t something anyone bargains for. The main point of using this OS is that it’s fast, and normally a delight to use because of the easily discoverable options. But both things would mean close to nothing if the responsiveness dips. This is the only indication the user has of the speed of the computer, which is why it needs to be maintained at a decent level. Here are some of the steps you can take to ensure that.
Set up a good security system
The thing about antiviruses is that most of them are resource intensive. This means that by installing one of the heavier software of this type, you’d be trading speed for security. Past a point when you no longer get malware issues to deal with, the lack of speed will feel like too steep a price to pay. The solution is to find a balanced product that protects your system, but doesn’t make it crawl in regards to performance.
Fix fragmented data
Over long use, the data on your hard drive tends to get stored in fragments. Reading one of the files stored this way would take longer because the OS has to find all of it first. And with data taking longer to load, other processes get put on hold, so the screen hangs a lot of the time. The way to get around this is to defragment the data, which you can do straight from the disk manipulation tools. Choose the drive partitions and hit Properties, then hit the Defragment Now button under Tools.
Turn off some of the Windows 7 services
Windows 7 has many of the services turned on and ready to start when the OS does. If this isn’t the case when you set up the OS, it slowly gets there after you’ve set up a good share of applications. If there are too may program running, they’d take up definite amounts of RAM, leaving little free for normal use. Either disable these when the computer is on, or remove them from the startup category. Either can be done using the MSCONFIG utility that comes as a part of Windows.
Some the other factors which make Windows 7 slow down to the point of a crawl, are registry errors, malware infections, and software conflicts. The former can be fixed with a registry cleaner, and the latter with an antivirus, though you need to make sure the security program doesn’t leech too many resources.