Fine tuning Windows 7 on your netbook

It’s now becoming standard for netbooks to have Windows 7 installed on them. WINDOWS looks at how you can adjust the features with your fresh install of Starter Edition to get your netbook performing at optimum.

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Fine tuning Windows 7 on your netbook
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By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  February 9, 2010

You were one of those who went out in 2009 and bought a netbook, especially one with the much-vaunted Windows 7. Netbooks are great as secondary PCs, and Windows 7 performs well on these systems, but as with every other computer you own, there are ways to tweak what you have to get the best out of it.

WINDOWS has researched some of the most talked about tweaks you can make to Windows 7 starter edition in particular, and we list them here.

Fine Tune Visual Settings

The Graphic User Interface (GUI) is a big culprit when it comes to slowing down the Windows Seven experience, especially on netbooks that don’t have the greatest graphics cards. There are ways you can tweak the performance of the interface, and the following would be suggested for users.

Click on the Start Button and type in adjust the appearance and hit Enter. This will load the Visual Effects performance options. 

On this screen you can disable the following settings by removing the check:

• Animate controls and elements inside windows

• Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing

• Enable transparent glass 

• Fade or slide menus into view

• Fade or slide ToolTips into view

• Fade out menu items after clicking

• Show shadows under windows (this may be worth the performance hit for some)

• Show thumbnails instead of icons

• Show translucent selection rectangle 

• Show window contents while dragging

• Slide open combo boxes

Click OK when you are finished.

Remove Startup Programs

The oldest trick in the book when it comes to boosting up your startup speed on a Windows based system is the ‘msconfig’ command. Nothing wastes resources more is startup programs that you don’t need. Click on the Start Button and type in ‘msconfig’ and hit Enter.When the System Configuration utility is loaded click on the Startup tab and remove the check next to any applications you don’t need.

Disable Services

If performing the ‘msconfig’ command is the first trick in the book when it comes to speeding up your computing experience, the next would be disabling unnecessary services. Click on the Start Button and type in services.msc and hit Enter.  

When the Services management console is shown you can stop and disable services by selecting the service, right clicking and selecting Properties. Then change the Startup type to Disabled and hit the Stop button. Finally click OK to return to the Services management console.

You can disable the following services on a netbook:

• Block Level Backup Engine Service

• Bonjour Service (from iTunes) 

• Certificate Propagation

• Group Policy Client (if not on domain) 

• HomeGroup Listener

• HomeGroup Provider

• Offline Files

• Portable Device Enumerator Service

• Security Center*

• Software Protection (make sure you activate Windows first) 

• SSDP Discovery

• Windows Defender*

• Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

• Windows Search

Keep in mind that if you use any of these services or applications that depend on them they will no longer function. So, if you are a homegroup user don’t disable the Homegroup Provider. Also make sure you use other security software if you disable these services. 

God Mode

To enter "GodMode" on Windows 7 is very easy and one of the biggest tweaks you can make to your netbook. It’s just a matter of creating a new folder and then renaming that folder to the following: GodMode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.

Once that is done, the folder's icon will change to resemble a control panel and will contain dozens of control options. (It is advised that one should only do this with a 32-bit version of Windows 7, as it has been known to cause problems on the 64-bit version of this operating system.)

1384 days ago

wow this is very helpful!

1714 days ago
Redwanul Hasan Rafa

This seems very helpful to me.Great Work.Lots of thanks.

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