UPDATED ON: 2023-12-02
You may already noticed [list of system tweakers]
in Windows 7 header section.
Just wanted to describe process a bit with the help of plain words and some png pictures for crispy clearness and buttery smooth understanding of the process.
First step is to obtain high quality distribution of Windows 7.
I always recommend [Generation2 builds] . His repacks include activation, embedded support of modern CPU’s, USB 3.0 and NVME drives.
You can “burn” it to usb stick via well-known [Rufus]
If you experience errors during install, like missing hard drives or ssd’s i suggest to burn iso to CDR and boot from dusty CDROM drive.
This is bullet-proof method tested by time.
BIOS THINGS TO BE TURNED OFF:
- UEFI boot
- Secure boot
- Enery-saving crap
CSM support module shoud be ON.
For users, which are using stock distribution:
- If you have modern Ryzen like CPU don’t forget to install [Wufuc tool] to prevent fake “unsupported hardware” nag-screens.
- Windows activation can be done by trusty DAZ Winloader . Download it by yourself and pretend that i don’t told you that.
As for system disk, i always recommend only NVME drives to ultra fast response time [they work even faster than in “new” win 10/11].
▒ SYSTEM UPDATES & DRIVERS
Update your fresh installation with latest unlocked ESU updates from [Simplix project] .
Right after updating and rebooting i recommend to install system drivers.
Convenient way to do this is to use [Snappy driver pack]
Update all drivers except video card. I prefer to use native driver from manufacturer. Reboot.
- [Update DirectX 9] ► Reboot
- [Install Visual C++ 2003-2023] ► Reboot
- [Install .NET Framework 4.8] ► Reboot
▒ HARDEN YOUR PRIVACY
[Destroy Windows Spying]
Removes telemetry and obtrusion updates.
[Windows Privacy Dashboard]
Modern and advanced telemetry removal.
[Windows Privacy Tweaker]
Another privacy improver.
▒ SYSTEM CLEANERS
Neat system cleaner from Piriform before it was sold to ugly avast.
CLEAN JUNK FILES
CLEAN SYSTEM REGISTRY
CLEAN AUTO START FOLDER
Very advanced system cleaner, more efficient than Cleaner, but more dangerous.
▒ SYSTEM HACKS
Fine tune your network connection in a super-efficient way.
Increase number of half-open connections. Useful for torrents uploading/downloading.
[WINDOWS 7 BOOT UPDATER]
Replace default boring boot animation.
▒ SYSTEM TWEAKERS
UWT & W7M are the most frequently used tweakers.
[Ultimate Windows Tweaker]
► Most essential settings in one place
[Windows 7 Manager] ► Advanced toolkit for Windows 7 management
[Park Control] ► Disable CPU core parking
[Process Lasso] ► Advanced CPU optimization
[SoftPerfect RamDisk] ► best ram drive to park your swap file and temporary folders, last [free version]
And now some super-paranoid applications for the most demanding users.
Turn off performance counters, which are used for telemetry and debugging purposes.
Defrags database of your Firefox profile to speed up loading time.
▒ SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
For quality software uninstalling stay away from native uninstall via classic control panel.
Use something like [REVO UNINSTALLER] .
Can’t delete stucked or frozen file? Use [LOCK HUNTER] .
Would like to do quality usb-stick format? Use [HP USB DISK STORAGE FORMAT TOOL] .
Would like to permanently lock desktop icons? Use [DESKTOP RESTORE] .
Right after installing drivers, software and applying all tweaks i suggest to do a one-time defragmentation of your system drive.
I use [Defraggler] from Piriform.
It was brief basic introduction to Windows 7 tweaking.
If you hunger for some advanced stuff ► stay tuned, next article is in works.
Submission will happen right after i’ll stop being lazy bastard.
Also i have COMPREHENSIVE TWEAKING GUIDE FOR WINDOWS 7 in production.
It is planned to be released in the beginning of 2023.