How to Clean Up Windows 7 for Speed

By Michael Batton Kaput

Windows 7 is the latest operating system offered by Microsoft. The requirements to run the latest Windows operating system software on your computer are more demanding than those of Windows XP or Vista. If your computer is experiencing a slowdown in performance running Windows 7, a variety of tools and tweaks exist that you can use to significantly improve system speed and efficiency.

Things You'll Need

  • USB drive

Step 1

Click the Start button and type "msconfig" into the Search box. Click the icon for the System Configuration Utility. Click the "Startup" tab. Click to uncheck any programs you do not need to run at start up, then click "OK."

Step 2

Click the Start button. Select "All Programs," then click "Accessories." Click "System Tools," then choose "Disk Cleanup." Click to check the box next to each file type, then click "OK" to clear unnecessary system files.

Step 3

Click Start, then "Computer." Right click your main hard drive and select "Properties." Click the Tools tab and choose "Check Now." Click to check the box next to "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors." Click "Start."

Step 4

Click Start and select "All Programs." Choose "Accessories," then "System Tools." Click "Disk Defragmenter," then click to check the box next to each hard drive on your computer. Click "Defragment Disk."

Tips & Warnings

  • Users can also speed up their Windows 7 computer by inserting a USB drive into a USB port. The ReadyBoost box will appear. Click "Speed up my system" in the box that appears. Select the "ReadyBoost" tab. Choose "Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost," then click on the sliding bar and drag it to the left or right to decide how much space will be allocated to ReadyBoost. Click "Apply," then "OK." The more space you allocate to ReadyBoost, the faster your system speed becomes. Space allocated to ReadyBoost, however, cannot be used for file storage. Windows recommends allocating 1,611 megabytes of space to ReadyBoost for optimal performance.