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#1 HeLGeN-X

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 23:41

Hey all, long time no see.

 

I've had my rig with the same W7U install for the past 5 years. I know that's a little too long to have an install, but I have so many important files that would take forever to reinstall and even find in some cases (mostly VSTs for producing audio with strange file names.)

 

I know the standard procedures to take like msconfig disabling start up apps, service disabling, defragmenting ETC, but I feel there's more steps I could take.

 

My HD now is 2tb, I have more than enough space right now. I just feel my PC isn't performing as fast as it should. I have a second installation of Windows 8 which runs exactly at the speed, but let's face it, Windows 8 is a mess. I don't like it's interface, but it's performance is 5 times faster than my Windows 7 install.

 

What else could I do to make my W7 faster in terms of start up and general usage? 

 

Thanks in advance.

 




#2 xendrome

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 23:46

Best thing you can do is get an SSD for the OS part of the setup and keep your data on the 2TB



#3 Raa

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 23:50

Without buying hardware, the best option is a format and reinstall... I know it's not what you'd like to hear, but it's Windows. It gets messy!

 

I'm overdue to do mine :/



#4 zeke009

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 23:57

Xendrome's recommendation is what I was going to say. Grab an SSD and use your 2TB for storage.

 

You could tinker and tweak all you want, but an SSD will blow any and all tweaks out of the water.



#5 earthworm jimmy

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 23:57


My HD now is 2tb, I have more than enough space right now. I just feel my PC isn't performing as fast as it should. I have a second installation of Windows 8 which runs exactly at the speed, but let's face it, Windows 8 is a mess. I don't like it's interface, but it's performance is 5 times faster than my Windows 7 install.

 

 

Not sure what to suggest for windows 7, but you are right about Windows 8.      I delayed getting it for a very long time, and finally, 2 month about I replaced my windows 7 slowed down install with 8..

Not it is almost like instant boot. After I press a button, I get to keyboard and entering a password.  Actually entering a password takes longer then the boot! Only thing that takes a few extra seconds is my antivirus

 

 

 

 

I hated Windows 8 until I intalled classic shell, and configured it to my liking (about 30 minutes to look at ALL possible options and get used to it)

 

Now I love it. It looks even better then Win 7 - it is faster also.  LOVE IT.          I wish I knew about classic shell, and that I was not sooo lazy to delay the upgrade for so long.

 

 

PS.    YOUR BOOT DRIVE NEEDS TO BE SSD.      It is a must!  Even if you get the smallest size one, get it!   Install your programs on your 2tb drive if you want, but windows needs SSD -  it is magical.

 

I cannot stand to see the boot times on my parents PC that has windows 7, but a 8 year old HDD!



#6 Bigkaye

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 23:58

Honestly Windows 8 performs much better than 7 on the same hardware. I know a few folks who bought it to make their vista laptops preform better. And they do. The OS is was a mess to use, but since they reintroduced the start button and gave the boot to desktop option, theres little difference between the two.

 

That said, I don't think theres much you can do aside from getting a blazing fast network to store an image of that 2TB drive on, and use a VM to run it on a quick SSD. 

 

If you are going to take suggestions in this forum, buy another 2TB drive and image your install to it. Back it up somehow, and make sure you know how to use the backup. You WILL hate yourself if you don't and windows 7 cuts its own neck from a rogue tweak you enabled and won't boot any longer.



#7 OP HeLGeN-X

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:30

Thanks for the replies. Oddly about Windows 8, there's a major problem I have with it. On some software, the resolution is strange, like somewhat blurry. I have no idea how to fix it, and it kind of bothers me.



#8 adrynalyne

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:31

Thanks for the replies. Oddly about Windows 8, there's a major problem I have with it. On some software, the resolution is strange, like somewhat blurry. I have no idea how to fix it, and it kind of bothers me.

Updated video drivers.



#9 +LightEco

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:48

HeLGeN-X, on 20 Jul 2014 - 20:30, said:

Thanks for the replies. Oddly about Windows 8, there's a major problem I have with it. On some software, the resolution is strange, like somewhat blurry. I have no idea how to fix it, and it kind of bothers me.

 

Check your scaling options - Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display

 

You may have it set higher than 100% or it might be using autoscaling (turn off by checking "Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays")



#10 despuitGenX

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 21:13

I have my boot down to 650-700mb, disable all unneeded services. Remove all unnecessary files on the C: and index that drive will only run as needed is good to speed up windows processing. Disabled ETI in bios, put windows in performance mode. Use low memory applications, and portable installs. Save any files not crucial to windows operations on a secondary drive. Set processor scheduling to background services, disable all start up services you can. Enable write caching in drive polices, and make sure all your other polices are updated for your needs. Ensure all drivers and the bios are updated to most recent revisions. Go through MSC, admin tools, cpl`s and optimize everything.

Beyond that clean sweep windows files/jogs you can offload things that may be needed but not on a daily basis like the logs dump files and what not using jump locations. For all intensive purposes the logs are still on the computer for windows to interact with however they're really on a storage drive. Only generate data prevalent to you, go through the logs to only record data prevalent to your needs. Delete files unnecessary to your needs for windows. Optimize registry go through all the keys and optimize to your usage. If you have group policy this can make the process easier. Keep up to date on your WEI can give you a heads up if something is failing, running scans bi-weekly on all your components is the best option. Bump your stats as high as you can afford windows drive should be SSD.

You can always go over board and start to modify windows operations, dlls, and other files to your needs lowering the amount of memory they consume. Scheduling a task to flush your system memory every few hours is great, I only do this with svchost for networking as it becomes all bogged up. And due to memory stacking I refresh k-melon every few hours. Day to day use on my computer this is really unnecessary as I never run over a gig of ram on my computer 



#11 illegaloperation

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 21:16

The correct answer is to get Windows 8.

 

Windows 8 boot fast............................................................................



#12 Boo Berry

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 21:17

Windows 8.1 (or 10 when its out) + SSD boot drive = fast boot. Why bother tweaking services then? Seriously.



#13 MorganX

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 21:33

  1. Are they both x64? Windows 8.x is significantly faster, IMO, but 5x, even if anecdotal seems a bit much.
  2. SSD
  3. The only thing you can do that is non-hardware (assuming for 7 v 8 comparisons were both x64 or both x32) and will be "significant" is go from 7 to 8.1 and use a Start Menu replacement.


#14 despuitGenX

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 21:39

Yep I agree Boo, depends on your specs though my computer is 10 years old running windows 7. Only so much it can handle so service tweaking helps a lot, not a fan of windows 8. Though I want to put a new drive in it next month to help boost it,  but since its only SATA the cost versus memory is ridiculous would be dropping from 80gbs to 64gb am only using 15gbs any ways so isn't a big deal esp considering I have to reinstall windows.