Windows 7 made notable speed improvements over its predecessor, Vista, but it can’t compare with the much faster Windows 8. And most people haven’t experienced the 15-second boot that Microsoft engineers were shooting for in Windows 7 (and achieved in Windows 8 for many machines). There are certainly times when you’ll still have to wait for that spinning blue doughnut in the earlier OS. If you’re still timid about upgrading to Windows 8 despite the speed advantages, there are plenty of things you can do to speed up your installation of Windows 7.
The problem with most “speed-up Windows 7” stories is that they tell you to turn off some of the operating system’s more charming visual features. The first nine of my dozen tips show you ways you can speed up your Windows 7 system without compromising its appearance. For those who need even more speed or don’t care about eye candy, I’ve listed three at the end that boost system performance at the expense of some visual effects.