July 01, 2011

Tweak and Optimize Windows 7 with GIGATweaker

Out of the box (OOTB) most software comes preconfigured between a mix of functionality and performance.  Windows 7 is no different.  There are plenty of tweaks you can make to Windows 7 to improve and optimize the overall performance.  Unfortunately most of those tweaks are either registry hacks or command line utilities.   

GIGATweaker is a free tool that combines many of the common Win 7 tweaks into a simple easy to use interface.  And to add icing to the cake, GIGATweaker is completely portable so you can load it onto your support USB or Dropbox account and take it with you to every machine you need to tweak.

GIGATweaker offers a lot of tweaks.  Some are fluff like changing the Windows registered user information.  Others are real meat and potatoes like disabling and deleting unnecessary programs from the Autostart list or increasing the size of the L2 Cache.

There are too many tweaks to cover in any single post but some you might want to look at include:

  • Visual Effects – set to best performance.

  • Force unloading unused DLLs from memory

  • If you use a third-party ZIP archive tool (7-Zip anyone?) turn off browsing archives 

  • Increase the L2 cache and file system caching memory size

  • Disable recent shares in Network Places

  • Remove unnecessary performance robbing Autostart programs such as Adobe Reader

GIGATweaker can be downloaded from http://7room.net/gigatweaker/.

Anybody got any other tweaking tools you'd recommend?

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