The Windows 7 Optimization Guide

Welcome to The SSD Review and congratulations on finding the internet’s most sought after resource in the optimization of Windows 7, The Windows 7 Optimization Guide.

The Windows 7 Optimization Guide consists of several optimizations that will increase the performance of your Windows 7 environment, these ranging from very simple to somewhat advanced in nature.  All optimizations have been laid out in a very easily understandable format, and many with detailed explanations as to reasoning for that ‘tweak’.


To start, there is absolutely no need to optimize Windows 7 as it is an excellent operating system straight out of the package.  Having said that, there are a number of ‘tips and tricks’ that will help you along in fine tuning your Windows 7 installation.  Many of these range from very simple to complex and we have attempted to lay each out in a fashion that is easily understandable to all.

The Windows 7 Optimization Guide is dedicated to those of us who get stuck and continue trying to solve a problem, only to realize at 3:30am that they have to be up for work in an hour or so.


Before going any further, we think it is fair to advise that there is no need to optimize your computer, once you have installed Windows 7 and you will still realize an amazing performance increase from your previous OS. Although we have done our best to explain our optimization choices and the procedure for each, following any of the optimizations listed is of your own choice and we cannot be held responsible for any system problems or damage that may occur to your computer.

Optimizations range from extremely simple to rather complicated where the reader is shown methods of altering their systems registry and, unfortunately, we haven’t all the same skill level to perform all optimizations. If you choose to complete the optimizations, please be careful and follow this Guide exactly.

Last but not least, the following optimizations have been proven to significantly increase the performance of an OS and many have returned with words of thanks which may attest to the Guides success.


Should you make a mistake, we have found that there are four escapes to any mistake made as a result of trying these tweaks:

  • Call on the experience of the site and members who have been through similar ordeals and have the knowledge and background to assist;
  • Reboot your computer while quickly tapping F8. This will bring you into the Advanced Boot Options where you can select options such as ‘Repair Your Computer’, ‘Last Known Good Configuration’ or booting into ‘Safe Mode’ where you can do a ‘System Restore’ to an earlier time;
  • Reboot your computer with your Windows 7 disk in the drive.  Boot to the disk select the installation you want and then click on ‘repair’; or
  • Complete a clean install of Windows 7 which, although time intensive, will confirm that your problem is solved and the system is in tip-top shape.

Our website contains a SSD Forum Page with some of the greatest computer minds in the business.  One of the most important things one can do before starting this process is to register and know that our team is there should the unexpected occur.

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Very comprehensive! Much more so then the posting at notebookreview.

Thank you very much!

Michael Cerda
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Don’t change the boot options. Windows by default will use all the CPUs for booting. If you do change the number of cpus you will have a problem where one of the system files is destroyed and you won’t be able to go back to a normal boot sequence. The solution is to repair your OS installation.


Since I started using windows7, I’ve always wondered “How many different commands like “CMD & msconfig” typed in search box would bear fruit. I just read this article and immediately created the GOD Folder but haven’t even opened it yet. I wanted to thank you first. Thank you !!!

Question ” Why didn’t MS do that?
This was a great article


Very impressive guide to manage windows 7. The article makes u feel like an administrator.Thankss……….


May I suggest MSE over AVG, You dont have to register and AVG has had well publicised cases of false positives including one which was an essential windows file. MSE also has a low footprint.


MSE is exactly as you say, however having used just about everyone out there at length, my support for AVG is solid as that’s the one I have returned to time after time and use on all my systems today.


A great site. I can see the painstaking approach towards this compilation. It has sure worked for me.