3 IT Support Tips for Ramping up Windows 7 Performance

8/7/12 8:45 AM Eva Jacob IT support, Microsoft

IT servicesMost Windows 7 users are quite happy with their operating system, believing that Microsoft is a solid IT company that really ‘hit one out of the park this time’.  Like any OS, however, Windows 7 tends to bog down over time, taking longer to boot up.  Those feeling like their computer is really starting to suck, however, do not have to throw in the towel and buy a new system.

1. Get rid of system services that are not needed

Windows 7 by default runs a whole host of services that many businesses will never need at all.  Each one of these loads at boot and consumes a small amount of system resources all day long.  The impact of a single unneeded service might be negligible, but when there are several or even dozens in the same boat, the lag that results can be considerable.

Of course, the average SMB might not have an IT support department of its own, and it is not a good idea to ask an ordinary worker to eliminate Windows 7 services, since some of them are absolutely essential for the proper functioning of the operating system.  The best solution here is to get together with an IT company that can set up a managed programs arrangement for your company.  With this approach, a highly trained IT specialist will visit your premises to make sure everything is running smoothly.  A managed programs expert can easily evaluate the services you have running and kill off the ones that are just bogging you down.

2. Kill startup programs

This tip is very similar to the one above.  Windows also runs several programs at boot, and when employees install additional software, some of them may be set to launch at boot also.  This just slows down the boot sequence.  A managed programs specialist can look into your startup routine and eliminate entries that do not need to be running from the start.

3. Check memory allocations

Another cause of degraded performance is a system that is eating up most of the available memory.  With a managed programs model for IT services in place, SMBs will have somebody to tell them if that is the basic problem causing computers to lag.  The next step will be solving the problem.  Since companies have several choices for how to do that, this might be a good time to talk the matter over with your managed programs expert or with another IT consultant from the same company.

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