TweakHound - Tweaking Windows 7
Drive And File System Tweaks
Move And Manage Your Libraries
Why: Personal files are safe. Decreases
fragmentation of OS drive. Can speed up access to files.
Why not: Can't think of a reason not to!
All your files do not have to be in the actual library folder. Windows 7 lets
you add folders from other locations to your library without actually moving
them into the actual library location.
Make Sure Your SATA Drives Are configured For Max Speed
Configure Or Disable Windows Search
Why: User preference. Less disk access (thrashing). Less memory use. (see below)
Why not: Some of Windows 7 new features are tied to this (see below for more info).
Search in Windows 7 is a marked improvement over previous versions. It is less intrusive, uses less resources and what resources it uses it uses them more efficiently. See, Engineering Windows 7 - Windows Desktop Search for an overview of why this is so.
The Search box in the Start Menu is very useful at getting to things quickly. It almost functions as a smart Run command. Even if you do not perform standard searches this feature can come in handy. IMHO the little overhead that Search has is well worth it.
It is my recommendation that you keep Windows Search and configure it to your needs.
To do so type indexing in the Start Menu Search Box and choose Indexing Options (Control Panel > Indexing Options)
Click the Modify button to add or remove folders. Libraries and therefore folders added to Libraries are included by default.
I really, really suggest you don't do this. For those who just don't want it...
Option #1 - Disable the Service. Press the Windows + R keys > type services.msc > double-click on the Windows Search service > set Startup type to disabled then Stop the service or reboot.
Option #2 - Uninstall it. Press the Windows + R keys and type appwiz.cpl > Turn Windows Features on or off > uncheck Windows Search, click OK.
Disable or Configure Automatic Disk Defrag
Why: You have a third party defrag program, you wish to modify schedule, or you wish to run manually.
Why not: Defrag is an essential tweak.
Press the Windows + R keys > type
dfrgui.exe (Start Orb > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk
Click Configure Schedule button > Change Schedule to fit your needs or Uncheck Run on schedule to disable
Solid State Disk Tweaks
Microsoft claims that Windows 7 does all the following tweaks by default on a clean install to an SSD. I have found this not necessarily to be the case. If you did a clean install to an SSD then double check these tweaks. If you transferred your install to an SSD then apply these tweaks.
This information comes straight from Engineering Windows 7 - Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives.
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2. Desktop, Start Menu, Taskbar
3. Customize The Start Menu and Taskbar
4 . Customize The Notification Area & Explorer
5. Drive & File System Tweaks
6. Security Related Tweaks
7. The Page File, SuperFetch, and ReadyBoost
9. Internet & Network Tweaks
10. Power Options
11. Windows Backup And Recovery Options
12. Regedit Only Tweaks
13. Tweaking Apps (freeware)
14. Bad Tweaks
15. Clean, Defrag, & Optimize
16. Cool Tools
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