5 Essential Windows 7 Tweaks

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Thinking of sticking with Windows 7 when 8 is released? Here are 5 essential tips to making it a more pleasurable experience.

Why stick with Windows 7?

Although Windows 8 is set to be released any day soon now, you might want to hold onto Windows 7 for that little bit longer and here’s why.

Windows 8 will undoubtedly have bugs and errors (not as many as Vista did I hope). This is natural for such a powerful operating system; there’s bound to have been something overlooked here and there. It’s best to wait for Microsoft to iron out the creases with a Windows patch.

Secondly, Windows 7 is sufficient for most computer user’s needs. Facebook, Youtube, Word docs; it’s all most people use their PC for. And it can be a hassle transferring years of files and folders from one OS to another.

So you may as well make yourself comfortable with Windows 7 is you haven’t already. Here are 5 essential tips to making your experience more pleasurable.

User Account Control

One of the biggest complaints of Vista was the User Account Control popups. It seemed like whenever you wanted to launch something, the popup was questioning your decision. While it’s a lot better in Windows 7, it’s still super sensitive. You can now turn it down a notch by typing UAC in the start menu. Image via Wikipedia

Power Efficiency Report

Power is king when using a laptop and Windows 7 makes it easier to get every last drop of juice possible from your battery. Get a power efficiency report by simply typing cmd in the start menu, right click the icon and choose run as administrator, type powercfg –energy in the command line and press return. Windows will scan your system and suggest ways to use power more efficiently.

Maximum Power

But if you’re using a desktop PC where battery life isn’t such a concern, turn the dial up to 11. By default, your PC isn’t set to perform to its maximum. Go to Control panel, Power options, Hide additional plans and select High performance. This is particularly useful for gamers who need all their CPU has to offer.

Monitor Settings

Constantly messing around with the settings on your monitor, trying to find the best display? Windows 7 has a wizard to help pick the optimal settings. This is particularly useful when you’re editing photos so colours don’t look strange on different computers.

Speed Up Booting Times

After a certain amount of time, Windows gets slower at starting. You’ve probably installed a ton of new software and this hampers the starting time. Some software doesn’t need to be loaded up at the first instance of the power on switched being touched. Type services.msc into the start menu, deselect those unnecessary services and save.


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author avatar A K Rao
8th Aug 2012 (#)

Very nice and informative article explianing why should we stick to our existing windows 7! Thanks for sharing dear Nerd insider!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Aug 2012 (#)

I am still with Windows XP! Thanks for the share - siva

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author avatar I
23rd Oct 2012 (#)

"Windows 8 will undoubtedly have bugs and errors (not as many as Vista did I hope)."

Seriously? What was wrong with Windows Vista besides incompatible drivers and (at first) insufficient hardware? Windows Vista is considered one of the worst operating systems, and it isn't even true.

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