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Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Novictory, Feb 1, 2019.

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  1. Novictory

    Novictory Thread Starter

    Nov 18, 2007
    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250u Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 3835 Mb
    Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: 921 GB (827 GB Free);
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0DPRF9
    Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

    I see on the msconfig menu an option to hide all Microsoft services - is that safe to do and will it speed the system up at all. Thanks.
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    If so it is far too minuscule to measure.
  3. Novictory

    Novictory Thread Starter

    Nov 18, 2007
    Oh too bad. Thought it sounded too easy. I have stopped a bunch of things from the start up menu and it has helped some. I guess I'll have to try to do some other things. Thanks.
  4. snuffleufflegus


    Apr 1, 2017
    No,it does not speed things up.It merely does what it says.It hides "microsoft services" from view.
  5. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    The above is correct. How could hiding a service speed anything up???
    You could possibly make the system slightly faster by disabling services and startup programs that are not needed.
    You do need to be realistic; that is a very slow cpu and while you might slightly improve performance, it is never going to be a speed demon.
  6. wbennett77


    Mar 30, 2018
    Double the memory to 8gb and replace the mechanical drive with an SSD drive.
  7. askey127

    askey127 Malware Specialist

    Dec 22, 2006
    These are for Win7 only, but they will almost definitely speed up your system.
    Download and Run Temp File Cleaner (TFC.exe)
    Download Temp File Cleaner and save it to your desktop.
    You might want to Save any unsaved work. TFC will close ALL open programs... including your browser!
    Right click the TFC icon and choose Run as administrator.
    If you have a lot of junk files to remove, it could take a while, so please be patient and let it finish.
    When it's done, it will report the total size of files removed. If it asks to Reboot, choose to do so. This will remove files that could not be removed while Windows was running.
    After Restart, log back in to your usual account.
    You can keep TFC on your desktop and run it every week or two to clean out excessive temporary files. It does usually require a restart.

    Download MyDefrag from here and Install it : http://filehippo.com/download_mydefrag/
    After Installation, run MyDefrag in System Disk Monthly Mode on the C: drive
    (Click System Disk Monthly and then check C: drive, click Run)
    Wait for it. It goes through 6 Zones. It may take an hour or two, depending on how badly the HD is scrambled.
    The Window will be labeled Finished at the top when it is done.
    Going forward, you can run it in System Disk Daily mode, but once every week or two is sufficient.
    It will finish a lot faster in the ensuing runs.
    By the way, Avast has a lot of baggage, and is not optimum if you need speed.
  8. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    You appear to have a Dell Inspiron One D2305 all-in-one desktop?
    What's the exact 7-character service tag/serial number on it?

    It has a very weak AMD dual core processor, which is one reason for its slowness.

    It's running Avast Antivirus, which is another reason for its slowness.
    I would switch to Microsoft Security Essentials, which is lighter on resources and more user-friendly.

    We don't know how well it's maintained and what's installed and running in it, so that could have a big impact on speed.

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