How to Speed Up Windows 7


In-spite of having high end configuration of Windows system, users face problem of Windows getting slow. Hardware is not solely responsible for slow down of a windows system. So today i am writing post on how to speed up Windows 7. Here I have given quick fixes with pictures which you can follow and easily speed up windows 7.

Quick Fixes To Speed Up Windows 7

Disable the Start up Applications

Actually, what happens when the windows boots, it loads lots of applications and make them run. But among those application only few are needed which are essential for windows start up. The unnecessary applications can slow down the windows PC and has to be disabled. By disabling these unnecessary application we can speed up windows PC.


Type ‘msconfig’ in “Search programs and files” box under the Start menu and press ENTER.

Now a System Configuration window will open. Click the Start up tab, now you can disable the application by unchecking them as shown in the below picture.

Speed up Windows 7 - Startup

Clean Hard Drives

You can clean your Hard Drives by deleting the unnecessary files to free disk space and helps to speed up windows. You can clean drives using Disk Cleanup.


Go to Start -> Type “Disk Cleanup” in the search box and then click “Disk Cleanup” displayed in the search items list.

Now a “Disk Cleanup window” will open where you have to make the drive selection means for which drive you have to perform disk cleanup. Select the files to delete and click OK button, then click delete files to perform the operation.

Disk Cleanup

Change Power Setting to favor Performance

This option may use little bit more battery, but it will surely speed up windows performance.


Navigate to Control Panel-> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options.

Under Power Options click the “Create a Power Plan” and choose “High Performance”, as shown in the picture.

High Performance

Error Checking for all Hard Drives in Windows

Error checking is done to check the windows for damaged files that slow down the drive access speed and thereby slow down the whole windows speed. The below process may take several minutes or more to complete error checking.


Head to particular Drive, Right click->select Properties then select the Tool tab and click the Check now button under Error checking. Refer the below picture.

Error Checking

De-fragment all Drives to Speed Up Windows

De-fragmentation method reduces the amount of fragments in drives. Defragmentation process may improve the speed of hard drives significantly. It is recommended that defragmentation should be done at least once per week. Defragmentation is a time taking process, it can take several minutes or hours depending on the size of the drives.


Similar to Error checking method, go to particular drive, Right click-> select Properties, then select the Tool tab and click the Defragment now button under Defragmentation as shown in the picture below.


Delete Temporary Files to Speed up Windows

Temporary files are used to support application for a limited period of time and later on it is not used. Deleting temporary files will free a lot of space, hence increases the speed.


Navigate to “C:Users<username>AppDataLocalTemp”

And delete all the files in this folder. That’s it.

Akshay Thapliyal
Akshay Thapliyal is the Co-founder of TechUntold and mainly looks into the strategic planning at TechUntold. He also loves writing articles on apps & problems he faces related to tech. Follow him on:



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