optimize W7 performance to maximum efficiency

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
June 19, 2011 at 07:24:44
Specs: Windows 7, P4
How can I ensure that my computer is running at maximum efficiency?

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June 19, 2011 at 07:42:32
Efficiency - many view points. Power consumption? Ease of use? Performance?

Generally speaking:
Keep it physically clean and cool, inside and out. Dust holds heat.
Remove all temporary files as they accumulate.
Stay away from adult entertainment and other questionable sites.
Maintain good, regular back ups!
I keep mine running 24 / 7. I'm on it 2 or more times a day. Others power up and down as needed. I haven't seen anything indicating one is better than the other in the long run. It's a machine.

Entropy - it's gonna fail in time. The question is not if, but when.

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June 19, 2011 at 08:31:45
I also keep mine 24/7. In terms of optimization, I'm referring to the OS, speed, performance.

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June 19, 2011 at 08:47:30
Advanced system settings - set to best performance (no foofoo here).
IE - Advanced - toward the bottom - empty temp files on close - do not cache encrypted.
Every now and then - check that the automatic is defraging the disk.
Delete the temp files from the user and windows temp folders.

That pretty much takes care the basics for me. Not a gamer pushing the edge. There are other tweaks.

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June 19, 2011 at 10:30:56
Running a computer 24/7 to make it fast statement is stupid. I'd like to be nice, but that is just a waste of electricity and is wearing out your system and the earth. The only thing windows 7 might do when on is defrag. It does it all the time and you can check it if needed. I have never seen any fragmentation and I turn all of mine off all the time. Turn it and all the wall warts off with a power strip. It saves electricity and helps prevent voltage spikes and some small lightning strikes.

Gamers still use xp. It is still faster for many games. Getting hard to put xp on a good system too.

Faster W7 is the same as faster XP or Vista. Do all you can with the hardware and reduce all you can with the OS. Less is usually more in terms of OS. You have to start small, you can't make it smaller. All sorts of web sites tell how to make a lite version.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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June 20, 2011 at 03:44:49
"Running a computer 24/7 to make it fast statement is stupid."

We were talking about efficiency and what effeciency area. Running 24/7 is totally different but puts the possible areas of effeciency out there for consideration. That was the first statement in the response I made...which area to address.

In the area of longevity, when start up current is considered, machine effeciency can be best in the 'on' state if the equipment is power cycled multiple times a day. It doesn't take much to idle, but starting does take a bit of current, which wears on the chip junctions. Now take in consideration the temperature fluctuations and you have more to consider in this area of wear and tear. Temperature changes can have a great deal of effect (physics) on materials; a wear factor, if you will, softening the junctions of the IC's, and an effect on the data storage life of the recording medium (HDD). Like ice in the side walk crack. The crack grows with each freeze. Or consider the highway that buckled because of heat expansion. Both would not happen if the temperature remained constant. So I addressed the area of longevity effeciency with the 24/7 statement.... and now we have a conversation about that.
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June 20, 2011 at 07:06:44
Run Ccleaner every so often http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER and use the registry cleaner in it as well if you create a System Restore point first just in case. Run Windows 7's own disk cleanup and then defrag when you've just used Ccleaner or use Defraggler http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

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