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Windows 7 Optimization - compared to Vista, Win7 is a speed demon, but there are ways to speed it up more...

Windows 7 Optimization - Do we have to do this to make it faster? Unfortunately YES!

For the most part Win7 Optimization process is pretty close to XP, how ever some of the Services that you could turn off in XP if turned off in Windows Seven will have side effects, some of them will cause the OS to not restart. I will cover those in the Services tutorial.

Other than some of the options being buried deeper and named differently optimizing is fairly easy and if you mess it up you can put it back to default.

Note: Before doing any changes or optimization I would strongly suggest you make a backup of your installation, the best way is an image of the partition... The instructions are on this web site.


So you have restarted after the install and here is the first screen, this is a standalone system, that is it is not in a domain. (Note: These images are from the 120 day evaluation copy of 2009)

The image, table, or PDF was removed because it will not display on your device. Check back on a PC....

Windows 7 Optimization - First screen after completing installation.

Then the OS builds your desktop, after the install the desktop that you saw was the Administrator's desktop.

Building your desktop.

The standard desktop, no modifications.

Default desktop, no icons, not much.

Windows 7 Optimization - Setting the desktop to a solid color and setting the desktop icons.

Turn on the desktop icons and change to solid color.

The next thing you can do is turn off some of the options such as 'Hide notification area', set the task bar to the bottom of the screen.

Becareful of what you turn off...

Be careful when turning off  items on the stat menu, I lost the 'All Programs' the first time I turned  off 'Default Programs' under the customize button. (These tips and techniques are from the Windows 7 Ultimate Guide.)

Some of the installed progams and options.

If you are tired of the pop up asking if it is ok to change desktop

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items or install software then you can turn it off until you are done. This is called the UAC (User Access Control) to a lower setting until you complete you setup. It is under the 'Getting Started' menu and the label is 'Change UAC Settings'

Changing the User Access Control, after finding it.

You can set the strength of 'Always Notify me;.

Setting the level of notification.

Down to 'Never notify me'

Setting the slide bar to the bottom effectivly turns off the notification.

And because the setting is being changed you have to authorize the change. :)

And you have to authorize the changes.

Now you can change what is on the Start Menu from how 'My Computer' to 'My Music' is displayed or not displayed. These controls are for display of the current logged on user. It does not remove the items from the directories.

Setting what is displayed on the start memu.

In the VM the mouse drags, it is slow so I had to increase the acceleration.

Changing the accelleration of the mouse.

To get the System Properties you can either right click on My Computer or use the control panel, such as here.

Setting the properties on the visual effects.

To cut down on the system memory usage I always turn off all the Visual effects.

Turn off all the visual effects will speed up your system.

Then set the Paging or Swap file.

Setting the Paging or Swap file size.

I try to move the swap file to another drive, in this case there is only the system drive, when I add another drive to the VM then I will move the swap file to that drive.

Moving the swap file off of the system partition.

Lets say you were, ummmm, over zealous in your optimization or turned off something that causes the computer to crash.

Pressing F6 or F8 at start up gets you to this next screen. You can use the 'Ramdisk options' to reset the Operating system to the default settings, this is the recovery console. To get to the Memory Diagnostics press the 'tab' button. Then you can test the memory in your computer.

Oppps! How do I get my computer to start after I messed it up?

To get to the menu for the System Recovery, with Windows 7 highlighted press F8 then select 'Repair Your Computer' this is misleading because it is for repairing your Operating System,

Menu for 'Repair My Computer', really it should read 'Repair my Operating System'

The first screen, select your keyboard method.

Setting the keybaord.

Your user id has to have Administrator Rights to log on.

You will also find more Windows 7 Optimization in the Self Computer Repair Unleashed! 2nd Edition E-Book.

Logging in to the Recovery Console, you have to have Administrator Rights!

The options -

  • Startup Repair
  • System Restore
  • System Image Recovery
  • Window Memory Diagnostic
  • Command Prompt

This is a vast improvement over the old command prompt recovery console, you don't have to learn MS command syntax! Nice, not as good as the ERD Commander but better than the old Recovery Console!

The things you can do from the console.

I go through these options and more in Windows 7 Optimization in the Windows 7 Ultimate Guide.

Oppps, looks as if my evaluation of the 120 day version of Windows 7 was a little bit off. It looks as if Windows 7 is turning in to a Vista on steroids, and Windows 8 isn't looking any better. The bad news is support for XP will be ending in 2014... has ended, same for windows 7, windows 8/8.1 by end of 2021...

What I wrote in 2009 after working with Windows 7 for three weeks:

"For the most part Windows 7 is faster than XP even before the optimization. And that is the reason I am impressed with the work MS has done, this one is going to be my next primary OS once I get it to do what I want it to do and look the way I want."


Reset the UAC back to where it was before you started your optimization. Keep the hackers out of your computer!

Update 07/16/14

When you do your customization you may have to change or fix something you did wrong, do you have an ERD? The image and paragraph above is about the Microsoft ERD, however you can have more tools if you make a custom Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) for yourself? Check this out.

Emergency Repair
isk (ERD) - Will Yours Work?

Repair Disk

Custom made for you...

You keyboard isn't thirsty, and it doesn't need calcium. Milk and other liquids will ruin a keyaboard!

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