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


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. 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

  2. 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 #

      i hate this…..

  3. 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?

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

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

  5. Speed up pc February 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Its a very information based article to speed up windows 7, Thanks for sharing this information. It worked for me.