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Personalizing and Configuring Windows 7 : Performance Tweaks (part 2) - Using Windows 7's Performance Options

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3. Using Windows 7's Performance Options

While all the performance tools are available individually throughout the system, Windows 7 introduces a nice list of available tools, if you can find it. To unearth the listing, first type performance info into Start Menu Search and press Enter. In the Performance Information and Tools view, click Advanced Tools in the left-hand pane. You will now see a listing, as shown in Figure 4, of all available performance-related tools within Windows, each of which is described in Table 1.

Figure 4. Windows 7's Advanced Performance Tools—all in one, neat list.

Table 1. Windows 7 Performance Tools
Performance ToolWhat It Does
Clear all Windows Experience Index scores and re-rate the systemRe-assesses system performance and generates a new Windows Experience Index (WEI) score. You would typically run this after installing newer, faster hardware components (for example, a video card).
View performance details in Event LogProvides insight into any performance-related warnings or errors. Unfortunately, clicking this link does not open the Event Viewer with Performance Information upfront. You need to navigate to Applications and Services Logs => Microsoft => Windows => Diagnostics-Performance, and then click Operational.
Open Performance MonitorEnables you to view and gather performance data, either in real time or from a log file, and generate reports.
Open Resource MonitorEnables you to view information about hardware (for example, CPU, memory, and so on) and software (for example, handles) resources in real time.
Open Task ManagerInfamous tool that enables you to display (and, more important, kill) running programs, processes, and services. It also provides network status and basic performance information.
View advanced system details in System InformationEnables you to view details about your computer's hardware configuration, computer components, and software, including drivers. Very handy and can even be run via the Command Prompt.
Adjust the appearance and performance of WindowsEnables you to tweak visual effects, processor and memory usage, and virtual memory settings. We'll be using this tool in the next section.
Open Disk DefragmenterRearranges bits of files and folders on your disk (defragments) for faster, more efficient hard disk access. With solid-state drives on the rise, the usefulness of this tool is declining.
Generate a system health reportAnalyzes your system from top to bottom and provides a very thorough report on various performance warnings and problems detected. If you suspect performance issues, run this tool first.

NOTE

When you are generating a system health report, the result is quite hard to read. You may find it easier to read the HTML report by exporting it (click File Save As).

4. Appearance and Performance Tweaking

Windows 7 continues to use an advanced desktop composition engine and provides a number of subtle but pleasing UI animations by default. Some of this stuff, however, may be a bit much; and all of it takes its toll on the performance of your PC. Fortunately, the operating system includes a number of configurable performance options worth tweaking if you have an older PC and have noticed some slowdowns with Windows 7.

To open the classic Performance Options window (identical to the Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows tool in the previous section), type adjust perf into Start Menu Search. Here you can choose between three automated settings (Let Windows choose what's best for my computer, Adjust for best appearance, and Adjust for best performance).

Alternately, you can click the Custom option and then enable and disable any of the 15 user-interface-related options that appear in the custom settings list. Most of these options should be self-explanatory, and many appeared in previous versions of Windows, but a couple of options are worth highlighting:

  • Animations in the taskbar and Start menu (New to Windows 7): With the debut of the new taskbar, a number of new animations have been added (for example, the fading in and out of Jump Lists). If you'd rather these menus just appear, shortening menu display time, disable this feature.

  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons: Disabling this feature causes Windows 7 to revert to the ancient-looking Windows Classic user interface. It will dramatically increase the performance of your PC at the expense of attractiveness and graphical reliability.

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