#1 By: howtogeek, July 2nd, 2013 16:03
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165096/what-tweaks-should-you-apply-to-a-stock-windows-7-installation/
Back in the day, it was common to apply dozens of tweaks to Windows XP to get things just the way you wanted and to significantly improve performance. Are there equivalent tweaks for the modern incarnations of Windows?
#2 By: Rick P., July 2nd, 2013 16:19
Windows 7 should be tweaked according to the hardware it's running on.
In fact contrary to superuser's advice, there are whole websites devoted to tweaking Windows 7.
#3 By: Yu0, July 3rd, 2013 04:18
@raphoenix I disagree with the disagreement. Most tweaks I have seen are rather detrimental. Think e.g. of "disable indexing". Sure, it saves some CPU cycles, but at the cost of losing powerful near-instantaneous search facilities.
Same goes for RAM cleaners. Sure, you will have more free RAM. Except that free RAM is useless, as RAM-caching results in faster startup of programs and doesn't actually block RAM - cache-contents will just be discarded, when the RAM is needed for immediate tasks.
Even the common "clean reinstall" only results in positive results, if your decvice doesn't strongly depend on proprietary software (such as Fan control, silent mode...) that don't just work after installing drivers and software in the documented order for some reason.
Just that there are things you can "optimize" doesn't mean that it will give you a better experience down the road.
Sadly though, hardware manufacturers might go ahead and apply some common misoptimizations out of the box.
#4 By: Naman Sood, July 3rd, 2013 05:58
The only tweaks I apply to my Windows 7 install are: the Uxthemeremoving WDDM drivers and installing AMD ones (which come with USB 3.0 support)
#5 By: SkiddMarxx, July 3rd, 2013 11:13
The main tweak you need is a visit to ninite.com to get your favorite utilities.
#6 By: John Geldreich, July 3rd, 2013 11:27
In my opinion, you should disable indexing after installing an SSD. It's simply unnecessary given the instantaneous nature of SSDs. There are also a bunch of other tweaks that come along with SSD use, notably disabling/removing Defrag from Task Scheduler and disabling the page file (unless you also have a HDD that you can map it to).
#7 By: Rick P., July 3rd, 2013 11:52
Disable Indexing and a bunch of other Windows 7 /8 Functions is Correct when using SSDs.
#8 By: Humberto Jr , July 3rd, 2013 12:22
The anwser was so easy:
Search for black viper.
#9 By: Lowell Heddings, July 3rd, 2013 13:56
The whole "disable indexing" tweak was important back in the Vista days, when the system-wide indexer would constantly go out of control and make your PC slow.
These days, with Windows 7 improving things, and Windows 8 really improving the indexer performance, there's just no need to disable it.
And to the people saying you should disable indexing, that depends on whether you use the Start Menu / Start Screen search feature - or the Windows Explorer search feature... or Libraries. If you use any of those, you need to leave the indexer running, because no SSD can make up for scanning a big file library that isn't backed by an indexer.
#10 By: Goran Soče, July 3rd, 2013 14:11
I also use a SSD and have disabled indexing, disabled defrag, BUT I read somewhere that the page file has something to do with hibernation and fast boot. So allegedly, if I disable the page file the computer wouldn't boot as fast as it boots now. Do you know if that is true?
#11 By: John Geldreich, July 3rd, 2013 14:58
As fast as an SSD boots, hibernation is an obsolete concept.
#12 By: John Geldreich, July 3rd, 2013 14:59
I have yet to have a problem doing any of those tasks on my SSD.
#13 By: Warren_Illsley, July 3rd, 2013 16:53
Definetley shut off defrag, indexing causes write cycles on ssd's so get rid of that too. Pagefile seems to make no difference on or off with an ssd.
#14 By: Rick P., July 3rd, 2013 17:08
I guess the answer here is to configure a machine as one wishes.
#15 By: ?, July 3rd, 2013 17:32
i do very little. changing to one click to open files, and putting the start menu to my liking is about it. i never had to bother shutting off defrag with an ssd. it shuts itself off. i also shut off hibernate, sounds and hide desktop icons.
#16 By: Doctordeere, July 3rd, 2013 19:29
1st: Disable 'Automatic Updates'
2nd: Disable 'System Restore'
That's just me. YMMV.
#17 By: jcoffin1981, July 4th, 2013 04:17
Windows automatically detects SSD's and shuts off defrag. Having an SSD is a good reason to keep the page file on the main drive and indexing on. Doing so takes advantage of having a super fast drive. It is silly not to use these features.
Automatic updates is annoying because the system continually checks and prompts you. System restore will free up some SSD space if you turn it off. You can save an image of windows in the freshly installed, all programs, and tweaked the way you like and not have a need of system restore.
The tweaks I apply have to do with icons, backgrounds, the size of preview windows, etc.
#18 By: Muthu, July 4th, 2013 10:50
Me too. And disabling indexing and defragging aren't going to give you a notable improvement in performance.
#19 By: Kevin_Morrison, July 4th, 2013 11:47
You seriously don't honestly believe that line "but at the cost of losing powerful near-instantaneous search facilities", that is a load of crap! It might be true on a system with a HD that is small but absolute hog wash for a large system with 1TB or more (I would go as small as 500GB). There is NOTHING instant about Windows search and I turn this abortion off on every system I setup and install Everything to take its place (for those asking go here http://www.voidtools.com). It has a far superior indexer than the crap MS puts out and it is TRULY INSTANT!
#20 By: Kevin_Morrison, July 4th, 2013 12:01
I could not agree more and one thing that we don't discuss enough is using software that is designed to do the tasks that are far superior to the crapware that MS puts in the OS. There are a good number of tweaks that can be done to improve Windows 7+ that have nothing to do with the general operation of the OS. Tweaking networking (where Window really sucks!) and getting rid of the running services such as pen services, areo, tweaking the power plan settings, increasing VM, disabling wasteful visual effects that are just eye candy... The list goes on but to say that MS has somehow done their homework and there are no tweaks that can be done to speed up and optimize ANY version of Windows is coming from someone who is clueless or is to lazy to learn anything! For the average user the best performance gain is to install an SSD and be done with it, but for power users that want every ounce of performance they can get the list of tweaks is endless!
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