|If that P4 is a Willamette, dropping in a 2.6GHz/400FSB Northwood P4 would yield a nice boost in speed. The Willamette CPUs were dogs. Video card and RAM should be just fine for general usage. I find that once you're above 1GB, the x32 versions of Win7 run just as fast as XP with the same amount of memory. Of course, if you can bump it up to 2 or 3GB of memory for cheap, why not upgrade?|
Can't say I agree with that Computing Unleashed article.
Turning off the "wow" in Windows 7 also turns off the GPU-accelerated UI. Try dragging a window around your desktop with Aero enabled. Then try it with Aero disabled. Your CPU usage will be higher. You'll also notice window tearing.
And why would you want to disable Aero Snap?! Or UAC? Or Thumbnail Preview? You know how difficult it is to find photos from a digital camera when Windows doesn't display thumbnails? Any computer faster than a Pentium-166 should have no problem generating thumbnails.
Even the Indexing Service doesn't hurt the performance of my P3 machine running Win7 Pro.
ReadyBoost isn't as effective as it sounds. Even 5400RPM drives are a lot faster than USB flash drives.
"Turn off Windows Screensaver and wallpaper." Really? Screensaver, I can understand, but if loading wallpaper actually slows down the boot process, then your computer should be running DOS!
The only two things I can agree with are switching the power plan to maximum performance, and disabling unneeded processes with msconfig. Also, not mentioned in the article, if you find that you never use restore points, turning off System Restore can give you a speed boost, though it depends on how slow your hard drive is.
HTPC | Pentium M @ 2.82GHz, 2MB L2) | 4GB | 1.0TB | Radeon HD5750 | Blu-Ray
Win 7 Pro | Modified PowerMac G4 QuickSilver case