Share ur tips, tricks n tweaks for windows 7 here!

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by ar_seven_am, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. ar_seven_am

    ar_seven_am MDL Senior Member

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    #1 ar_seven_am, Aug 30, 2010
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    Just like the title, this thread is for share usefull tips, tricks n tweaks for making windows 7 faster, reliable n improve some performance (maybe gain disk space too). Feel free to add n share it all, it may usefull for everyone who used windows 7.

    Reduce disk space usage significantly (originally posted by Matrix Leader in http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/21700-Tips-to-reduce-disk-space-usage-significantly!)

    Perform these tricks below, then run a BOOT defrag using PerfectDisk, then remove any unwanted programs from startup and watch your diskpace go down by at least 1.5 GB and your boot up time should improve :
    1) Restart your computer just to make sure any file we are deleting from temp directories is not in use or will be used once after a reboot.
    2) Navigate to C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp
    Then delete all the files and folders in there.
    3) Navigate to C:\ then delete the folder named MSOCACHE.
    If you cannot see this folder, then make sure you have HIDDEN FILES enabled.
    This folder is the temp directory for the MS Office installation files, if you have selected to RUN ALL FROM MY computer option next to all the components of MS Office that you installed, then you already have everything installed in the Program Files and will never need this folder....EVER
    4) Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
    Delete everything in that folder.
    It is a 100% safe to delete everything in there as this is just the TEMP folder for Windows to download updates.
    After you have installed the updates and restarted, you obviously don't want those huge *.cab, *.msi, and *.exe setup files eating up your diskspace.
    5) Navigate to C:\Windows\Temp
    6) If you dont use System Restore, turn it off and delete all existing restore points.
    7)) If you dont use hibernation, disable it. Just type "powercfg -h off" at the command prompt. That'll disable hibernation and delete the large hibernation file hiberfil.sys.
    Delete everything in that folder as it only contains temporary files that are not critical nor required.
     
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    ar_seven_am MDL Senior Member

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    More tweaks compilation from windows 7 tweaks, originally posted by Suicide Sollution here http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/8760-Windows-7-Tweaks

    Windows 7 Notification Area Icons - Remove Past Icons from List by hdfreedom

    If you have items that have long ago been removed from the system and want to remove them from the list, use the following procedure.
    Click Start > Run > Regedit
    1. Navigate to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \TrayNotify]
    2. Backup the registry string just in case something goes wrong.
    3. Delete the "IconStreams" and "PastIconsStream" values.
    4. Open Task Manager, click Processes tab, right click "explorer.exe", then click "End Process" (all episodes of it).
    5. Still in Task Manager, click File > New Task, type "explorer.exe", then click OK. This will start a new instance of Explorer with the old programs
    removed from the "Notification Area Icons" list.

    Enhanced "Send To" by Astra

    Windows 7 has an enhanced feature of having few more "send to" locations on shift+right clicking a file/folder. You can see many new options available.
    But, if you still want enhance this option by adding your own shortcuts, then you can do so by adding shortcuts to applications or folder in your %userprofile% folder!
    Just press Winkey+R (Run Dialogue) and enter %userprofile% and press enter.
    Your profile folder is displayed. Add all your shortcuts of Applications/Folders to this folder and you will see all these folders when you see extended Right Click Menu.
    You can delete the unwanted shortcuts from this location as well!!

    How to make Flip 3D appear on Taskbar by KotaXor

    Make a new shortcut and enter:
    RunDll32 DwmApi #105
    Drag and drop this shortcut to the taskbar.

    Enable prefetch but disable aplication superfetch by Burfadel

    Do NOT disable superfetch. Disabling superfetch service will also disable prefetch.
    What you want to do is disable application superfetch (which leaves readyboot, startup superfetch and all prefetching still on).
    To do this, first run services.msc and make sure 'Superfetch' is enabled and set to automatic.
    Then run regedit.exe and under:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters]
    Change Superfetch to the value 2 (which is boot only). By default it is set to 3 (boot and application). 1 is application only.
    Ensure Prefetch is set to 3, since you want that for applications and boot.
    The reason for disabling application superfetch is Windows will continually load and unload programmes you use depending on memory usage. Typically when you use programmes the memory use changes, so constant loading/unloading makes no sense!
    With application superfetch disabled, you will still notice your 'free' ram may still be 0 after a while. This is fine, thats cacheing based on your current use, NOT on the offchance you may load a programme! If a programme requires 300mb of ram then closes, that 300mb remains free until the current sessions cacheing fills it again. Thats a good thing, and it avoids the constant hard disk useage people experience whilst still providing the benefits of a faster boot and benefits of normal prefetching (Windows XP provided that prefetching through the task scheduler service).
     
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    #3 spacednow, Aug 31, 2010
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    Go to c/windows/logs You will see a folder called CBS that has a log file in it. It can grow to several MB. I don't know why, but most "cleaners" miss this log file. I've deleted it several times with no ill effects.
     
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    How to adjust "Aero Peek" Desktop preview delay time in Windows 7 by KotaXor

    1. Type regedit in RUN or Startmenu Searchbox and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
    2. Now go to following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced
    3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime
    4. Now you'll need to set its value to your desired delay time. Double-click on it and select "Base" as Decimal and enter the desired value. Remember the value should be given in milliseconds, so if you want to set the delay time to 4 seconds, set the value to 4000
    5. That's it. Log off or restart your system to take effect.

    NOTE: If you want to restore default settings, simply delete "DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime" DWORD value created in Step 3.

    Disable reduces system volume for games and pc calls by KotaXor

    1. Open "Sound" applet from Control Panel. You can also access it directly using "mmsys.cpl" command in RUN or Startmenu searchbox. Or right-click on Speaker icon present in system tray and select "Playback devices" or "Recording devices" or "Sounds" option.
    2. Now go to "Communications" tab and check the option "Do nothing" and Apply it.

    Hack to Force Enable Aero in Windows 7
    by yaluza1967

    Follow these steps in the instruction below to force enable Windows Aero Glass Transparency effect on system with video card (graphic accelerator adapter) that does not meet the WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model ) specifications, which provides functionality required to render the desktop and applications using Desktop Window Manager, a compositing window manager running on top of Direct3D 9.0Ex, and provides device driver interfaces required by Direct3D 10 runtime used in Windows 7.
    1. Open Registry Editor (RegEdit).
    2. Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

    If the DWM registry key is not found, right click on Windows and then select New -> Key to create new branch and name it as DWM.
    3. In the right details pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit value) named UseMachineCheck, and set its value to 0.
    4. In the right details pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named Blur, and set its value to 0.
    5. In the right details pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named Animations, and set its value to 0.
    6. Restart the Desktop Window Manager Session Manager in Services in Control Panel (type Services.msc in Start Search), or run the following commands in a command prompt with administrator privileges:
    net stop uxsms
    net start uxsms
    7. Attempt to enable and apply Windows Aero in Windows 7. Restart the computer if required.
     
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