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Speed Up Windows 7

If you’re still a user of this operating system, it’s likely that the software you run and other factors can contribute to making Windows 7 slow. But fear not - you can still speed up Windows 7 with the following tips: 

1.Increase your RAM

Depending on the version of Windows 7 that you have, the 32-bit version requires at least 1 GB of random-access memory (RAM) whereas the 64-bit version needs a minimum of 2 GB. If you’re looking to run multiple programs at the same time on a regular basis, you can speed up Windows 7 by upgrading your computer’s RAM. The upper limit of this depends on your budget and also, importantly, the specific version of Windows 7 your computer uses (there are a few).

2.Disable startup programs

You can reduce Windows 7’s boot or startup time by disabling some programs that automatically launch in the background each time you start your computer. It’s likely that you’ve had your Windows 7 computer for many years - that’s enough time to pile up tons of apps you don’t really need anymore, especially during system startup! While you can easily do this from Windows itself, we’re confident we’ve made an even easier way of doing it in our free app. It’s a great remedy for Windows 7’s slow startup.

3.Change search indexing

Turning search indexing on or off to optimize Windows 7 depends on the relationship between your central processing unit (CPU) and hard drive. As a good rule of thumb, you can help a computer with a good CPU but a slow or standard hard drive by keeping search indexing on. For a computer with a slow CPU or an SSD hard disk, it’s better to turn it off. To do the latter, search for ‘indexing’ in the Start menu, open it, and click ‘Modify.’ Then, delete the directories that are indexed as well as the file types.

4.Defrag your hard drive

Again, whether you’ve had your Windows 7 computer for a while or it was gifted to you by a family member or friend, it likely that it’s had a lot of use. This could mean a full hard drive.

If your hard disk is too full, your computer has probably divided up various programs and other files into little pockets of available free space that still remain on your drive. This basically means it takes longer to retrieve them when you open a program or file, making Windows slow. However, you can easily fix this and speed up Windows 7 in the process with our Defraggler app. It’s available for free or as a part of the CCleaner Professional Bundle.

If you’re finding Windows 7 slow at this time, it’s also worth pointing out that our free CCleaner app provides a great asset for your machine. Making tasks like disabling startup apps and managing updates easy, it can also get rid of hidden junk files and clutter from your daily internet browsing activity. Doing so helps tidy your hard drive helping to speed up Windows 7 by freeing up valuable hard disk space to help keep your computer running at its best.


  • How do I clean up my Windows 7 computer?

    Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft, but there are still ways to clean up your computer and speed it up. From optimizing your hard drive, to disabling needless startup apps and much more, CCleaner and Defraggler can do these for you automatically.

  • How do I remove junk files from Windows 7?

    Are you a Windows 7 user? Removing junk can help your PC, but it’s important not to delete files your system actually needs. CCleaner helps you get around this issue thanks to simple tools like Health Check that analyze your PC so you can delete junk safely.

  • How do I clean my hard drive Windows 7?

    Cleaning your hard disk on your older Windows 7 computer doesn’t have to be a mammoth task. Microsoft may no longer support this operating system, but our PC-cleaning apps can still help you optimize your Windows 7 PC.