Microsoft Windows remains one of the leading PC operating systems on the planet and with Windows 7, the company has taken the product line in an exciting new direction. However, as reliable and functional as Windows is, at times, the operating system can end up running slowly, leaving PC users frustrated. Fortunately, by following just a few simple maintenance tips, you can keep Windows running smoothly and functioning in top condition.
One of the most crucial, and yet overlooked, methods of keeping Windows running smoothly is to defragment available hard disks. Basically, the way that Windows interacts with a hard disk is by storing bits of data on it in different places. When too much data has been written on a hard disk in too many different places, programs run slower because Windows must find data from multiple places at once. Defragmenting the hard disk means that the data is organized closer together, so that Windows can find it quickly—this results in programs running faster and users seeing improved PC speed and reliability.
Another way to keep Windows running smoothly is to remove unused programs. Some programs can run in the background while you are using Windows, even if you are not currently using the program. Uninstalling programs that you do not need or use, and eliminating their background operations, can help speed up Windows’ performance. Plus, there is the added benefit of regaining hard disk space.
Installing anti-spyware software can also be a useful tool in speeding up Windows’ performance. Spyware is basically software that runs in the background of Windows and can actually damage your system in some cases. It is often downloaded onto computers without a user’s knowledge, and can produce a number of problems that will slow Windows down, such as pop-up ads and browser hijacks. Windows offers a free program called Windows Defender to combat spyware from taking over your computer and slowing it down.
Also, it is important to disconnect any unused network connections such as remote desktop sessions, networked hard disks, and Internet connections. If these connections are not in use or are no longer valid, Windows may still be trying to connect to them, meaning these invalid connections will be taking away valuable processing power.
It is a good idea to regularly maintain your Windows 7 for any PC in order to keep it running smoothly and to avoid any damage to system components.