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Windows PC Tuning: Tuning Tips

PC Performance Tuning: Windows 7 and Windows 10 Tuning TipsThe performance of even the fastest of PCs will degrade over time: after loading anti-virus software, Microsoft Office and huge amounts of temporary files from the Internet – performance will suffer.

The build up of junk is slow but insidious. Eventually and inevitably, the PC's behaviour will become unacceptable.

Here are some tuning tips to help you get the most out of your Windows Operating system.

This Windows service may use excessive CPU. See the article What is SearchIndexer.exe and Why Is It Running?
This is an essential and highly recommended program for optimising and cleaning the files on your Windows system. It will also clean the registry. See
Disk Defragmenter
Regular Disk defragmentation is essential for optimal hard Disk performance. Ensure the Disk Defragmenter tool is scheduled to run frequently. See Improving Disk I/O Performance
Check that the Memory installed is adequate - to check see Note the 32 bit Windows systems cannot utilise more than 4GB of Memory.
Unwanted Services
Some Services may slow down system start-up and performance. Disable all services that are never used. They can be easily enabled if required. For a list and explanation of the Services that can be disabled in Windows, see Improve performance by disabling Windows services.
Windows 7 Aero Theme
This should be removed for optimal performance.
Windows 7 Visual Effects
This should be removed for optimal performance.
Unwanted Programs
Uninstall all programs that are never used.
Restart regularly
The PC should be Restarted at least once a week. Restarting will clear out the Memory and unwanted processes.
Check for viruses
An anti-virus program should be scheduled to run regularly. This will eliminate viruses and Spyware that can slow down the PC.