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Everybody wants a Windows 7 computer that is fast. This is especially true for gamers. The question is, what makes Windows 7 computers fast? You can speed up your Windows 7 computer by using a simple trick without spending a lot of money.
A computer can be fast for many reasons. It is essential to keep it clean. Windows 7 is the same as my 1985 2 car garage. It was able to support 2 cars at a time. It holds no cars today. Because there is so much stuff stored there, there is no space.
This is also true for most modern computers. They were very fast when they were first purchased, as they had no software. Software accumulated over time. Memory resident software is the most dangerous type of software. We often use programs for short periods of time, then we stop using them again. These programs can slow down your computer’s performance. A fast computer is one that is clean. This article will focus on cleaning your computer.
This article will focus on Windows 7’s speed. The first step in measuring Windows 7 speed is to determine the actual speed. There are several benchmarks and diagnostic software that can measure speed and performance. They do a great job but they don’t measure what a computer user thinks is fast. Fast is responsive to me. Windows 7 offers a responsive measurement tool called Windows Experience Index. It’s a scale that ranges from 1.0 up to 7.9 at the moment. Computers that are new to the market typically score between 3.4 and 4.5.
Click on START to find the Windows Experience Index. Next, point to COMPUTER and click the right mouse button (the second mouse button). Then, use the normal mouse click for PROPERTIES to be opened from the bottom menu. The overall rating is located in the middle. Clicking on the Windows Experience Index number to the right of it will reveal the ratings for each category.
Windows Experience Index measures processor speed, memory speed, graphic card desktop performance speed and graphics card 3D gaming performance. It also tracks hard disk transfer rates. The overall computer’s performance is rated as the lowest in each of these categories.
Today’s computers have quad-core processors that run at 2.5 to 3.0 GHz and DDR3 memory. These systems score between 6.9 and 7.2 for both CPU speed and memory speed. In general, the CPU and memory are not important factors in making Windows 7 computers fast. My laptop with an Inter i3 dual-core 2.13 Ghz CPU, memory and performance ranges from 5.9 to 6.1.
Computers have disk drives that are Serial AT Attachment drives (SATA). They rotate at 7,200 RPM. This is twice the speed at which automobile engines operate, which is 3,000 rpm. Laptop drives can run at 5,400 RPM. High-performance drives run at 10,000 rpm. Why the emphasis on rpm speed? Disk performance can be measured in terms of the mechanical time required to move the disks read/write mechanisms. The rotation speed of the drive is an important part of mechanical performance. Drives with 5,400 rpm are slower than drives with 7,200 rpm. SATA drives typically have a Windows Experience Index between 5.6 and 5.9.
The graphics card performance is what remains. This is what makes Windows experience index range from 3.4 to 4.5.
How can we make Windows 7 more responsive? It is expensive to upgrade processor or memory. These are the most powerful components. There are no changes that make sense. Windows XP makes it easy to increase the computer’s memory from 256 MB, 512 MB, or 3 GB or 4, which noticeably improves performance. Today’s Windows 7 computers come with between 3GB and 6GB of memory. Windows 7 64-bit Edition may use more than 6GB. My computer has 16GB of memory. Most applications are limited to 4GB of memory. The majority of 16 GB of memory is not used. My computer currently seems to have 10 GB memory. A Windows 7 computer with 10 GB of memory is unlikely to show a significant improvement in responsiveness.
A faster disk drive can improve responsiveness. This can be done by replacing the disk drive. Performance can be improved by two drives: 1. Solid State Drives (no moving components) and 2. High RPM drives (10000 rpm). Solid State Drives (SSD), which are the most expensive, can be found in both types of drives. Solid State Drives can also wear out quickly (up to several years depending on how they are used). The SSD’s size will determine how quickly it fails. SSD drives are the fastest because they don’t have any mechanical parts.
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