10 Simple Ways To Speed Up Windows 7

The original post in my ’10 Simple Ways’ (XP, Vista) series was written 3.5 years ago and is still the most popular post on this site.  For the last two years I’ve been running Windows 7 News, the leading site for Windows 7, so it’s time to share 10 Simple Ways To Speed Up Windows 7.

Windows 7 is fast, but you can always have more speed, right? These Windows 7 tweaks are suitable for all levels of users, but, if you’re looking for more advanced tweaks then check out the Windows 7 Forum.  Don’t have Windows 7 yet?  Then click here to pre-order and save 50%.

Faster Window Switching

Disabling the Minimise-Maximise animation can make your PC run a lot faster.  Disabling is easy:

  • Go to Start and type in ‘SystemPropertiesPerformance
  • Go the Visual Effects tab
  • Uncheck ‘Animate windows when minimizing and maximising‘ and click OK

Speedup Windows 7 Boot Times

Windows 7 only uses one core to boot out of the box.  By increasing the number of cores used you can decrease the boot time:

  1. Click on Start and then ‘Run’
  2. Search for Run and type ‘msconfig’
  3. Click on the tab ‘Boot’ and click on ‘Advanced options…’
  4. Check ‘Number of processors’ and enter how many your PC has (usually 2,4 or 8)
  5. Click ‘OK’ and ‘Apply’
  6. Reboot

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Remove Unwanted Fonts

Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.

  • Open Control Panel
  • Open Fonts folder
  • Move fonts you don’t need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.

SpeedUp Windows 7 Shutdown Time

Windows 7 shutdowns a lot faster than Vista or XP, but it can be improved further by making this registry change which reduced the time Windows waits to kill processes:

  • Click on Start and type in regedit and hit Enter
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl
  • Right-click on WaitToKillServiceTimeOut and change and lower the value
  • The default is 12000 (12 seconds) but you can lower this to any number
  • Click ok and restart PC

75 Responses to 10 Simple Ways To Speed Up Windows 7

  1. Umar July 7, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    This is simply brilliant. I’ll be giving this a try … Thanks Everton

  2. Umar July 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    This is simply brilliant. I’ll be giving this a try … Thanks Everton

  3. nk July 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    “Windows 7 Aero Theme can really task PCs”
    This is not true. Aero keeps the overhead of displaying visual data to the graphics processor instead of CPU. It actually reduces CPU usage and also removes the tearing effect when moving windows.
    I only recommend disabling it if you have a slow graphics card.

  4. nk July 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    “Windows 7 Aero Theme can really task PCs”
    This is not true. Aero keeps the overhead of displaying visual data to the graphics processor instead of CPU. It actually reduces CPU usage and also removes the tearing effect when moving windows.
    I only recommend disabling it if you have a slow graphics card.

  5. Essentia July 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    Have the author truly tried these… tips?
    A lot of them seems to be just hype or myths.
    Disabling visual effects, for example, helps NOTHING in 99% of the cases.

  6. Essentia July 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    Have the author truly tried these… tips?
    A lot of them seems to be just hype or myths.
    Disabling visual effects, for example, helps NOTHING in 99% of the cases.

  7. john July 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    >>
    Windows 7 only uses one core to boot out of the box. By increasing the number of cores used you can decrease the boot time
    <<

    Thats simply NOT true. A quad core cpu does NOT have 4 unique processors but 4 cores on 1 processor. Setting the number of processors to 4 causes probably only problems.

    And I really doubt that this "tweak" speeds up Windows 7.

    • Josh September 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

      sorry but i have to say that was an idiodic solution. you messed up the operating system, so why couldn’t you just reinstall the operating system? im really for being so rude, but im just kinda ..shocked. next time, just hit ‘f12′ on bios- the first loading screen, pop in a cd, and use the arrow keys to select boot from cd/dvd and hit enter, it should be fairly straight forward from there. if that didnt work, then im sorry, or if u didnt have a dvd, sorry! but next time, think things through and get another cd or dvd maybe instead if that was the case.

      oh and fyi people, yes this tweak DOES work for some reason, so if you were stupid enough to play with your operating system boot options, and you messed it up, then its only your fault.

  8. john July 8, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    >>
    Windows 7 only uses one core to boot out of the box. By increasing the number of cores used you can decrease the boot time
    <<

    Thats simply NOT true. A quad core cpu does NOT have 4 unique processors but 4 cores on 1 processor. Setting the number of processors to 4 causes probably only problems.

    And I really doubt that this "tweak" speeds up Windows 7.

  9. clinton July 8, 2009 at 1:45 am #

    all he did was copy and paste the services chart from blackviper’s website at blackviper.com

    the author is lame! seriously, cite your sources if you are going to blatantly steal info

    • dave July 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

      He did say this was vipers list. you twat. read before you hack !”!!

  10. Asgaro July 8, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Agree with Vigilante!

  11. Asgaro July 8, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Agree with Vigilante!

  12. Kalkstein July 8, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Thanks for the useful tips, worth trying out!
    Speaking of performance tweaks, I still don’t like the Win 7 default defragger! I thought they’d improved it after the debacle with Vista’s defragger, but the lack of a GUI, the slow speed and the fact that it *still* does not defrag all the fragments (analysis with other utilities shows many fragments remaining) is very disappointing.

  13. Kalkstein July 8, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Thanks for the useful tips, worth trying out!
    Speaking of performance tweaks, I still don’t like the Win 7 default defragger! I thought they’d improved it after the debacle with Vista’s defragger, but the lack of a GUI, the slow speed and the fact that it *still* does not defrag all the fragments (analysis with other utilities shows many fragments remaining) is very disappointing.

  14. Michelle July 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    Microsoft has been in a sort of a “war” with Ubuntu cause Ubuntu is free and faster. Well, now Ubuntu advantage has shortened to price only. Go, Microsoft!

  15. Michelle July 8, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    Microsoft has been in a sort of a “war” with Ubuntu cause Ubuntu is free and faster. Well, now Ubuntu advantage has shortened to price only. Go, Microsoft!

  16. Luke July 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    “Speedup Windows 7 Boot Times”
    it doesn’t work that way http://tiny.pl/hhm7d

  17. Luke July 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    “Speedup Windows 7 Boot Times”
    it doesn’t work that way http://tiny.pl/hhm7d

  18. fogi July 23, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Don’t do it. It ruined my Windows 7 installation. It resulted a non functional WIFI and problems when switching user…

    • Essentia July 23, 2009 at 8:46 am #

      That is typical when disabling services, especially…
      I completely agree with you. Don’t use these “so called” tips.

      • Everton July 23, 2009 at 10:09 am #

        whenever you disable services you should always keep a note of the original settings! then it’s easy to flip back if you change something you changed by mistake

        • Essentia July 23, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

          I don’t bother disabling them in the first place (unless it’s problematic 3rd party services), since they really don’t consume any unnecessary resources at all.

  19. fogi July 23, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Don’t do it. It ruined my Windows 7 installation. It resulted a non functional WIFI and problems when switching user…

    • Essentia July 23, 2009 at 9:46 am #

      That is typical when disabling services, especially…
      I completely agree with you. Don’t use these “so called” tips.

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        Everton July 23, 2009 at 11:09 am #

        whenever you disable services you should always keep a note of the original settings! then it’s easy to flip back if you change something you changed by mistake

        • Essentia July 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

          I don’t bother disabling them in the first place (unless it’s problematic 3rd party services), since they really don’t consume any unnecessary resources at all.

  20. dave July 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    He did say this was vipers list. you twat. read before you hack !”!!

  21. VRSpock August 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm #

    From what I’ve seen, Windows 7 tweaks itself. Speaking from someone who is running it on three machines, all around the 1.5 to 1.8 Ghz single core range in cpu power, one with 1 Gig of Ram, one with 756MB of RAM and another with a whopping 512MB of RAM!

    Windows 7 will run on things Vista would never dream of running on. All the systems run pretty well with the occasional 5 to 10 second pause that would be expected on the 512MB box…but hey…that’s well below the minimum that Microsoft says it needs to run.

  22. VRSpock August 19, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    From what I’ve seen, Windows 7 tweaks itself. Speaking from someone who is running it on three machines, all around the 1.5 to 1.8 Ghz single core range in cpu power, one with 1 Gig of Ram, one with 756MB of RAM and another with a whopping 512MB of RAM!

    Windows 7 will run on things Vista would never dream of running on. All the systems run pretty well with the occasional 5 to 10 second pause that would be expected on the 512MB box…but hey…that’s well below the minimum that Microsoft says it needs to run.

  23. Henrik B August 31, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks for theese very usefull tricks, most of them are old, but they are still worth the shot if you are using and older system.

  24. Anonymous September 30, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    How you can say disabling visual effects makes no difference means you obviously don’t know how a computer works.Disabling visual effects will always speed up things unless your computer/card is so old it doesn’t support the effects in the first place.

  25. Manuel October 30, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    Although the look of Windows 7 may seem to be nothing more than some polish applied liberally to the Vista Aero theme, make no mistake: this is a full replacement operating system, and more than just “Vista done right.” From driver support to multitouch groundwork for the future, from better battery management to the most user-friendly interface Microsoft has ever had, Windows 7 is hardly half-baked

  26. Yatti420 November 15, 2009 at 6:15 am #

    The configuring of msconfig>boot>advanced is a myth.. All your processors are used on start.. No change in boot times..

  27. Mike November 28, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    Kalkstein, Use Smart Defrag, just google it. Always do a Deep Optimize then Defrag again. It doesn’t only defrag, it rearranges ALL your software to easily accessible places by the head on your hard drive.

    Ubuntu (GNOME) is extremely fast if you install Ubuntu, then Xfce-desktop (Xubuntu). If you are new to installing stuff in Ubuntu, go to Application> Accessories>Terminal and type in “sudo apt-get install” then the name of your program. Install gnome-panel, which xfce4-panel replaces, and gnome-session-daemon which xfce-session manager replaces. Result is Xfce speed with Gnome features.
    Credits to gnoshme.com for that.

    GNOME/Xfce has that super-Mac feel, with amazing speed, but it is a little hard to get used to if you are a non-Mac user. Great for people that want speed or have old computers.
    KDE is pretty fast with a super-Windows feel, but is very hard to get use to for a non-windows user, even then, it is kinda hard to get used to. Good for those people with 64bit computers with 3+ GBs of RAM.

  28. ipotpal December 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    Very very good tips, i try – the best thanks

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  30. silkmaze January 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    I noticed that. I just tried it and there was no discernable speedup in the boot process. I use Win 7 64bit on a Toshiba ST6822 Duo Core laptop.

  31. galamot March 25, 2010 at 3:51 am #

    I just make all this stuff, and now my pc crashes everytime I try to run itunes x64
    Any idea????

  32. Doug Glass June 5, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Using msconfig to eliminate too many startup programs is not an especially good idea. Use autoruns. Don't know it? Search.

  33. Doug Glass June 5, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Before you start shutting down services, it would be a very good idea to investigate services interoperability. In other words, shutting down service A might, and in fact will, affect feature B.

  34. John Media @ server hosting June 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    I think it looks like a free application to tweak your windows having a built in tweak option from the OS itself but I'd say I haven't used the OS I'm quite used to xp so I don't have the time switching with another one.

  35. Thomas July 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    This is excellent! You can get tools to do these for you, but it's good to see that someone's offering these explanations. Just to add, in my experience – registry optimizers, junk cleaners (ccleaner) also help maintain the speed.

  36. Thomas July 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    This is excellent! You can get tools to do these for you, but it's good to see that someone's offering these explanations. Just to add, in my experience – registry optimizers, junk cleaners (ccleaner) also help maintain the speed.

  37. shotguncow August 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    most of these really don't speed up at all. personally if you want a faster windows seven there are other options i also would like to comment that disabling aero really makes no difference unless you are running a really old graphics card, and still its not like its going to speed up anything, i have tried the disabling of aero and there is no difference. if you are looking to speed up your computer i have seen results with my gaming using Cleamem, other than that get a better cpu, or a better graphics card in this instance

    • www.com.au August 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

      It bloody well makes a difference if you’re benchmarking DX10 Crysis or STALEKR CoP.

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  61. Luizoallgayer February 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    to make your windows 7 faster there is only one way….been an original and up to date copy, and only with microsoft tweaks.Guys plesae dont be fools to do wath this man tell u to…. like putting maximun memory and all processors on boot up. If u supid enought to do entering safe mode u can undone this… Buy an original copy

  62. Tanglydew April 2, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    this is the most unreliable source posted online…this process screwed up my PC completely…screw you

    • Tanglydew April 2, 2011 at 2:48 am #

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  63. Irishtwister June 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    must say im sorry to those that the tweak for win7 to use all available processor core’s in my experience does work.. ok it dosent make my laptop boot in like 5 seconds or anything but ive noticed an improvement for sure..  same as all these tweaks, disabling services, and startup programs etc, its not a massive difference but it does lighten the load and help to make things a bit more responsive and snappier :)

    hell if you want serious preformance power, go out and spend mega bucks on the fastest quad core on the market with the fastest ram, and the best motherboard and a water coolent system, then over clock the system and run it of a hardware striped volume raid…  then look for oil or do physics with it… not just check how smooth crysis will run a full settings lol

    id say these tweaks suit the more experienced user thats happy to play around in windows where other users are usualy to scared to tread..   if a tweak works then great! if not either reverse it or fix it but dont moan about wrecking your system if your not sure about what your doing :) would you stick your head in a fire if the man told you too?

  64. Baloney June 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Tried all these tips and none of them worked. These are just a load of baloney…

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